Shaheen received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He has worked and trained extensively in Italy earning his degree as a stone sculptor in Siena. He is the recipient of a Ludwig Volgestein grant, the Italian Cultural Institute/La Fortuna Foundation Fellowship and the Digital Stone Project Residency (2009-2010). His indoor and outdoor installations are in public and private collections in Europe and the United States. His 100 ton marble and granite monument to 9/ll victims, Memoria, was covered by over fifty print and televised reports, including The New York Times and CBS/48 Hours. He currently teaches at the City University of New York in Manhattan, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art He is the director of Tuscany Study, which is an intensive summer art program in Italy. He currently resides and works in New York City.