What was initially a simple imagination, it has now made Bangladeshi architect Suhas Nahian an internet sensation after his six-year-old painting of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi became reality.
In 2013, Suhas, 29, who was then an architecture final year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, did a painting on Messi when he was studying about ‘Digital Painting’ for one of his university courses.
His painting showed a few opposition players wearing green and white jerseys around Messi were trying to stop him during one of his FC Barcelona matches and he did the painting in very casual moment.
After six years, his imagination turned real when Messi made a similar move during Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Real Betis last week at Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla.
‘When I was watching the game live, I didn’t have the idea of the painting’s becoming real,’ Suhas told New Age on Friday.
‘One of my close brothers [neighbour] noticed the photo and informed me about it. He knew about my painting and found similarities between the two. When I first saw the photo, I also ended with same assumption.
‘I started to search for the original file but came up with nothing as it was six years back.
‘But I knew that the painting was shared by a page, ‘Plaantik’ and then and somehow I got it over there. And then to let my friends know, I merged both the photos and shared it on Facebook. Soon it became viral,’ he added.
A number of well-known international football websites like Marca, Clarin and many others have already wrote about the painting after it broke into internet and one of them termed Messi’s performance on Sunday was a ‘partly predicted in art’.
One of the surprising aspects of the artwork was the white and green jersey colour of Real Betis, which is not used by many of the Spanish clubs and Suhas said that it was only his art sense that prompted him to pick the colour.
‘Green-coloured opponent idea just came from my art sense. I wanted to make it more colourful and green is more eye-catching,’ he said.
‘Barcelona jersey is obviously colourful with red and blue combination so I wanted to pick a different combination for the opposition to make my painting eye-catching.
‘Stripe jersey idea came as it is the basic jerseys in football. So finally I made a jersey with the combination of white and green of the opponents,’ he added.
One of the regrets for Suhas is that his painting is yet to draw the attention of Messi or Barcelona, which he hopes will help him fulfil a life-long dream.
‘My art reached many people but Barcelona and Messi. It would be great if I can watch him playing at Nou camp. But to be honest, I don’t have big expectations,’ he said.
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