S.H.Raza

S H Raza was born in Madhya Pradesh and studied at J.J. School of Art Bombay. Raza was one of the founders of the Progressive Artist's Group, along with K.H. Ara and F.N. Souza. S H Raza presented several exhibitions of his paintings in India, before leaving for France on a French government scholarship in 1950. He studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1950 to 1953. Raza was awarded the Prix de la Critique in Paris in 1956. The University of California, Berkeley, invited him as Visiting Lecturer at the Art Department in 1962. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris on a French Government scholarship.

He has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1958, the Biennale de Menton, in France in 1966, 1968 and in 1978, and Contemporary Indian Painting, at the Royal Academy in London, in 1982. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in 1981 and was elected fellow of the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1983.

His early themes were drawn from his memories of a childhood spent in the forests of his native village of Barbaria, in Madhya Pradesh. Raza's style has evolved over the years -he began with expressionist landscapes, which became rigid, geometric representations of landscape in the 1950s. Later, the lines blurred and colour began to dominate; his theme was still landscape but it was now non-representational. In the late 70s, he focus turned to pure geometrical forms; his images were improvisations on an essential theme: that of the mapping out of a metaphorical space in the mind. The circle or "Bindu" now became more of an icon, sacred in its symbolism, and placing his work in an Indian context.

Sayed Haider Raza calls his work a "result of two parallel enquiries." Firstly, it is aimed at a "pure plastic order" and secondly, it concerns the theme of nature. Both converge into a single point and become inseparable - the "Bindu" (the dot or the epicentre). Raza's work has formalism, for which he trained in France, as well as the mystic aspects of Hindu philosophy.

Raza's works can be found in NGMA, New Delhi, Musce National d'art Moderne, Paris, Musce de Menton, Bibliotheque National, Paris, Asia society, New York.

S.H. Raza lives and works in Paris and in Gorbio, A.M. France.

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Ankuran
by S.H.Raza

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30 X 30 inches

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Kundalini
by S.H.Raza

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30 X 30 inches

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La Terre
by S.H.Raza

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48 X 48 inches

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Untitled- 1985
by S.H.Raza

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39 X 39 inches