The room decorated in his paintings looks so much bigger, much happier and more appealing. This critique by Nobel laureate Ismail Kadare describes perfectly Rakip Shabani's magic brush. He was born in Tepelena, therefore, most of his works are inspired by his hometown. Eventually he moved to the city of Vlora, where he fell in love with the sea. The attachment for the nature made him traverse the country, moving from south to north, lodging in shepherds' tents, mountain tops and embroidering on his canvas all the impressions of every village and province in the country.
This has given him the sense of exploration not only for the grounds and places, but also for the wonderful spiritual world of the people he has met.
Shabani graduated from the Art high school in 1964 and graduated from the Academy of Arts in 1974. He was distinguished for his artworks on watercolor, which have awarded him the privilege of the only Albanian in the World Encyclopedia in this technique. He has exhibited his work worldwide, opening more than 50 exhibitions across the globe. Shabani's paintings have seen their fair share of the globe by being welcomed and liked all over the world as in England, America, Argentina, Japan, Greece, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, etc.