S.H. Raza


Born 1922 in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh, India

Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur (1939-43)
Studied at Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai (1943-47)
Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1950-53)

Since he began painting in the early 1940s in India, Raza’s subject, style and technique have evolved in distinct stages through his migration to France, his interaction with Abstract Expressionism through the 1950s and 1960s and his return to a core Indian aesthetic philosophy in the 1970’s. These periods of Raza’s work, though distinct, form a continuum – one that is a testament to the artist’s constant negotiation to develop his painterly vision. Breaking away from frames like nation and specific locations in time and space, Raza’s body of work is trans-cultural in its appeal, making this retrospective an especially significant event for Indian Art on a worldwide stage.

Select Solo Exhibitions
2007 Raza; a retrospective, Saffronart, New York
2006 Rang Ras – S. H. Raza, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Metamorphosis, Aryan Art Gallery, Mumbai, Delhi and Hong Kong
2005 Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London and New York
2002 Jehangir Art Gallery, Sharan Apparao Gallery, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1999 Gallery Art 54, New York
1992 Jehangir Nicholsan Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
Parcours des Arts, La Louvesc, France
1991 Galerie Eterso, Cannes

Select Group Exhibitions
2005 Aicon Gallery, New York
2004 Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
S. H. Raza and Manish Pushkale - Recent Works’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003 Des duos et des couples, Aixen Provence, France (with Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gillot)
2002 Jane Woorhese Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Indian Contemporary Fine Art, Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles
2000 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Awards and Scholarships

2007 Awarded the ‘Padma Bhushani’, by the Goevrnment of India
2004 Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1981 Awarded the ‘Padma Shri’, by the Goevrnment of India
        Elected Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
        Awarded Kalidas Sanman National Award, Government of Madhya Pradesh
1956 Awarded the ‘Prix de la Critique’, Paris
1948 Gold Medal, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
1946 Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

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