An artistic journey that is as inspiring as it is unlikely
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at the age of 17 Shadin began his journey to America to pursue his dream of a better life. Although he had a deep love for his country and family, he felt compelled to pursue opportunities abroad.
Although he always loved to draw, he viewed art simply as a hobby, so it wasn’t a profession he seriously contemplated for himself. One day he stumbled into the Omega Gallery, a Fine Art framing and restoration business on the Upper East Side, which turned out to be an unexpected life changing event. There he learned everything he could about fine art framing, restoration, preparation and presentation.
After five years as an apprentice, in 1999 Shadin decided it was time to open his own establishment, so he decided to create Galleria on Third in the Murray Hill section of New York City. The business would go on to specialize in museum quality custom framing, restoration, repair, and presentation, garnering many loyal customers all along the way. Now Galleria on Third has been in business for over 24 years, maintaining one of the best reputations for quality customer service. Shadin has worked with everyone from up-and-coming artists and students to more celebrated and world-renowned artists, advising not only novice collectors and interior designers, but also life-long collectors of master works.
Finally, after years of framing other artists’ work, Shadin traveled full circle to the joys of his youth by rediscovering his own artistic passion, turning his boyhood hobby into a practical career opportunity. He eagerly dove into his own artwork, creating a unique style that playfully combines a pop art sensibility with folk art. He works with acrylics, epoxies, plastic, paper, and most important of all his enthusiastic spirit. Shadin’s 3-D collage pieces have steadily gained the attention of art lovers everywhere, and in August 2011 they were featured on NY1 when he was named New Yorker of the Week.
In addition to being a talented artist, Shadin has also been recognized for his philanthropic nature. Over the years, he has hosted Benefit Art Shows and charity events, the proceeds of which have gone to a variety of organizations with a focus on helping needy children, including partnerships with World Vision and Smile Train. Shadin’s efforts have caught the attention of the New York Daily News, Art Business News, and Décor Magazine. It is part of his personal calling and mission to offer aid to those in need whenever possible, and in this way, he finds he can also express his gratitude for those who have assisted him all along his journey to becoming both an American citizen and successful entrepreneur.