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S. H. Raza

Description Sayed Haider "S. H." Raza was an Indian painter who lived and worked in France since 1950 while maintaining strong ties with India. He was a renowned Indian artist. His works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy.
 
Born: 22 February 1922, Mandla district
 
Died: 23 July 2016, New Delhi
 
On view: Peabody Essex Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art
 
Period: Abstract art
 
Education 
1939-43 Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur
1943-47 Studied at Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art, Mumbai
1950-53 Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris
 
Solo Exhibitions 
2017 'Gandhi in Raza', Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre; Akar Prakar Art Advisory, New Delhi
2017 'The Black Sun', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2017 'Tantra', Art Konsult, New Delhi
2016 'Nirantar', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Art Musings, Mumbai
2015 'Aarambh', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2014 'Pyas', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2014 'Parikrama - Around Gandhi ', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2014 'Paysage: Select Works 1950s-1970s', Sovereign FZE, Dubai
2014 'Parikrama: Around Gandhi', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2013 'Shabd-Bindu', Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2013 'Antardhwani', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012-13 'Vistaar', Art Musings and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2012 The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2012 'Bindu Vistaar', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2011 'Punaragaman', Vadehra Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2010 Raza Ceramiques, Galerie Flora J, Paris
2010 Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris
2010 RL Fine Arts, New York
2010 Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2010 'Recent Works', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 ‘Raza – A Retrospective’, Saffronart, New York in association with Berkeley Square Gallery
2007 ‘Celebrating 85 Years of Living Legend S H Raza’, a Traveling Exhibition at Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Mumbai, New Delhi organized by Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 'Selected Works of S H Raza', Peter Louis Gallery, Paris
2006 ‘Rang Ras – S. H. Raza’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 ‘Metamorphosis’, Aryan Art Gallery, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hong Kong
2005 Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, and New York
2005 Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
2005 Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
2002 Jehangir Art Gallery, Sharan Apparao Gallery, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1999 Gallery Art 54, New York
1997 Le Parcons du regard, Oletta, Corsica, France
1997 Galleri Grewal Mohanjeet, Paris
1997 Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.
1994 L’Artheque d’Enterprise, Group Michel Ferrier, Echirolle, Grenoble
1992 Jehangir Nicholson Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
1992 Parcours des Arts, La Louvesc, France
1991 Galerie Estero, Cannes
1991 Retrospective 1952-91, Palais Carnles, Musee de Menton, France
1990 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1988 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Galleri Koloritten, Stavanger, Norway
1987 La Tete de l ’Art, Grenoble
1985 Galerie Pierre Parat, Paris
1984 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1982 Galerie Leob, Bern, Switzerland
1982 Galerie J.Y Noblet, Grenoble
1980 Galleriet, Oslo
1979 Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway
1978 Jehangir Nicholson Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
1978 ‘Utsav’, Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Bhopal
1977 La Tete de l ’Art, Grenoble
1976 Jehangir Art Gallery, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Stavanger Kunstforening Galerie, Norway
1975 Galleria Matuzia, San Remo, Italy
1974 La Palette, Trouville
1972 Abbaye du Pommier, Annecy, Le Grenier, Roquebrune-Village
1969 Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris
1968 Tecta Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1963-68 Dom Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1962 Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, University of California, California, USA
1962 Lanyon Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1962 Galerie Dresdnere, Montreal
1962-68 Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto
1959 Jehangir Art gallery, Mumbai
1959-1960 Galerie Dresdnere, Montreal
1959 All India Fine Aarts and Crafts Society, New Delhi
1958-61-62- 64 -67 -69 Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris
1950 Charles Petras’s Institute of Foreign Languages, Mumbai 
 
Group Exhibitions
2014 'Immutable Gaze Part I: Masterpieces of Modern and Pre-Modern Indian Art', aicon Gallery, New York
2013 'Ram Kumar and the Bombay Progressives: The Form and the Figure Part II', Aicon Gallery, New York
2013 'Miniature Rewind 1', presented by Grosvenor Gallery, London for Art Dubai 2013, Dubai
2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2013 'Nothing is Absolute: A Journey through Abstraction', The Jehangir Nicholson Gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai
2013 'The Discerning Eye: Modern Masters', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 'Iconic Processions', Aicon Gallery, New York
2012 'Extending the Line', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai
2012 'Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to Modernism', Aicon Gallery, New York
2012 'Sightings', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata
2011 'The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2011 'Modern Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York
2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2011 'POP: Progressives on Paper', Aicon Gallery, New York
2011 'Anecdotes', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Besides Paris', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2010 'Paper Trails', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'The Progressives & Associates', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2010 'From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition', Rob Dean Art, London in association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010 'Above and Beyond', Aicon Gallery, London
2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai
2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead
2009 'In Search of the Vernacular', Aicon Gallery, New York
2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2009,10 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 ‘Freedom 2008: Sixty Years After Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2008 'Magnificient Seven', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2007-08 ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
2005 Ashta Nayak: Eight Pioneers of Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York
2004 Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
2004 Art Musings, 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
2001,2002 Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York
2001 ‘Indian Contemporary Fine Art’, Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles
2001 ‘Symphony in White’, Gallery 7, Mumbai
2001 ‘Cultural Ties’, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London
2000 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
2000 Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1999 Timeless Vision – Contemporary Art of India, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
1999 Festival of Contemporary Art, ‘Energy’, Gallery 7, Mumbai
1999 ‘The Turning Point’, Jehangir Art gallery, Mumbai
1999 Salar de Mai, Paris
1999 Apparao Galleries, Hong Kong
1999 Apparao Galleries and Gallery Art 54, New York
1999 Timeless Vision – Contemporary Art of India, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
1998 ‘Spirit and Soul’, Indian Painting Today, Hong Kong
1998 Gegenwatskunst aw Indian, Harsh Goenka, Bayer A.G. Leverkusen, Germany
1998 ‘The Search Within’, Kloster Pernegg, Austria
1998 National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1998 ‘L’intractable frontiers’, Toulouse, France
1998 International Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’, Fine Art Resource, Berlin
1997 ‘An Ode to Independence’, Apparao Galleries, London
1997 ‘Tryst with Destiny’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
1997 Singapore Art Museum
1997 ‘Within The Frame’, Apparao Galleries, Hong Kong
1997 The Moderns, The Progressive Artists Group, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1996 Progressive Artists Group, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1996 'Chamatkar', The Indian Metaphor, Whitley Art Gallery, London
1996 ‘Les Oceans’, Metropolitaine, Lisbon, Portugal
1996 ‘Within The Frame’, The Gallery, Chennai, Visual Art Centre Hong Kong
1996 Progressive Artists Group, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1996 'Chamatkar', The Indian Metaphor, Whitley Art Gallery, London
1995 ‘Sept Peintres Indiens Contemporains’, Le Monde de l’Art, Paris
1995 Festival d’ Avignon, France
1995 ‘Tree of my Life’, Village Gallery, Delhi
1994 Salon de Mai, Espace Branly, Paris
1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1993 ‘Indian encounter’, The Gallery, Nehru Centre, London
1993 ‘Souvenir d’en France’, Lalit Kala Galleries, Delhi
1991 ‘State of Art’, Paintings with Computer, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1991 Ceramics, ‘Faenza Anni 90’, Italy
1990 L’Artotheque d’Entreprise, Group Michel Ferrier, Echirolle Grenoble
1990 ‘Realite Seconde’, Galerie Ariane, Paris
1989 Salon de Mai, Grand Palais, Paris
1989 Artistes Indiens a Paris, Galerie Ariane, Paris
1988 Maison de la Culture, Space Andre Malraux, Reims, France
1988 ‘Art for CRY’, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi
1988 The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Olympiad, Seoul, Korea
1987 Galerie La Tete de l’Art, Grenoble
1987 ‘Coups de Coeur’, Halles de L’ille, Geneva, Switzerland
1986 ‘Indian Art Today’, The Philips Collection, Washington
1986 “Contemporary Indian Art”, Chester Herwitz Family Collection, Festival of India, Grey Gallery, New York
1985 Artistes Indiens en France, Foundation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris
1984 J. Y. Noblet, Paris
1983 Salon de Mai, Paris
1983 Bibliotheque Nationale, Luxembourg
1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Royal Academy, London
1982 “India, Myth & Reality”, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1981 Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
1980-86 Kunstnere, Fra Syd-Franksike, Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway
1978 ‘Pictorial Space’, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi
1978 Salon de Dessin, Paris
1978 Vieux Presbitaire, Gorbio
1978 L’ Estampe Aujourd’hui’, Bibliotheque Nationale: Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris
1975 Sahel Palais de l’Europe, Menton
1974 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1974 Premier Salon International d’Art Contemporain, Paris
1974 Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujoued’hui
1973 Estampes Contemporaines, Musee de Menton
1973 Galleria Matuzia, San Remo
1973 Pacific Cultural Museum, Pasadena, California
1973 Indian Contemporary Painters, Renwich Gallery, Washington
1973 Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
1972 Wolfgang-Gurlitt Museum, Linz, Austria
1971 Recherche et Expression, Montferneil
1971 Art et Fer Blanc, Paris
1967 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1965 Promises tenues, Musee Galliera, Paris
1965 Realities Nouvelles, Paris
1965 Art Now in India, Newcastle, UK
1963 Grands et Jeunes d’ Aujourd’ hui, Paris, Salons Comparisons, Paris
1962 Commonwealth Exhibition, Commonwealth Institute London
1962 Ecole de Paris 62, Galerie Charpentier, Paris
1962 Werke der Ecole de Paris, Dom Galerie, Cologne
1962 Gallery 63, New York
1962 Commonwealth Exhibition, Commonwealth Institute, London
1961 Ecole de Paris 61, Galerie Charpentier, Paris
1961 Galerie Semiha Huber, Zurich
1960 Modern Indian Art, Santiago, Trinidad, and Mexico
1960 Galerie Charpentier, Paris
1958 John Moores’ Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1958 ‘Trends in Contemporary Painting from India’, Graham Gallery, New York
1957 Exhibition organized by the Journal Asahi, Tokyo
1957 ‘Transferences’, Zwemmer Gallery, London
1956 Les Arts en France et dans le Monde, Musee d’ Art Moderne, Paris
1953 Galerie Raymond Creuze, Paris
1952 Galerie Saint-Placide
1951 Salon de Mai, Paris
1948 Progressive Artists Group, Mumbai 
 
Joint Exhibitions
2009 ‘Spirit of India’, with M F Husain at Kings Road Galleries, London
2009 'Shanti: A Scream for Peace', with Manish Pushkale at Bugno Art Gallery, Venice
2004 ‘S. H. Raza and Manish Pushkale – Recent Works’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai 
 
Participations
2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata
2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2012 'Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction', Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2012 'Synergy 2012', 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 India Art Festival, Nehru Centre, Mumbai presented by Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Miniscule Marvel', presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai
2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2011 'Resonance', Art Musings, Mumbai
2010 'Evolve 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai
2009 'Armory Show', New York presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain
2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi
2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul
1998 ‘Harmony Show;, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1996 ‘Harmony Show;, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1992 International Biennale de Dakar, Senegal
1987 Biennial of Havana, Cuba
1986 Biennale Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
1976 Biennale de Menton, France
1972 Biennale de Menton, Realities Nouvelles
1968 Biennale de Menton, France
1968 First Triennale, New Delhi
1966 Salon Comparaisons, Paris
1966 Biennale de Menton, France
1964 Biennale de Menton, France
1963 Biennale du Maroc, Rabat
1962 Salon Comparaisons, Paris
1958 Biennale de Bruges
1958 Biennale de Sao Paulo
1957 Biennale 57, Pavilion de Marsan, Paris
1956 Biennale de Venice
 
Honors and Awards
2007 Awarded the ’Padma Bhushan’, by the Government of India
2004 Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1981 Awarded the ’Padma Shri’, by the Government of India
1981 Elected Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1981 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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