Sayed Haider Raza

India 1922

Abstract Art, Painting

Sayed Haider Raza
Sayed Haider Raza
March 13, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Sayed Haider Raza, born in 1922 in Babaria, is considered one of the most prominent Indian painters of his generation. He studied art from an early age, before moving to France in 1950 to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After studying in Paris, Raza continued to travel throughout Europe, exhibiting his work.

He was a co-founder of the revolutionary Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG), along with Indian artists Krishna Hawlaji Ara and Francis Newton Souza. This movement sought to turn away from the influences of European Realism, which dominated much of the academic art of India, and embrace Antar gyan, a uniquly-Indian inner vision. His early works include landscapes, and later moved towards abstraction as he became increasingly influenced by Modernist principles. 1970 was a turning point in Raza’s career, when he developed the concept of Bindu (a personal rebirth) in his art. The works from this period are more intricately linked to Indian roots and cultural themes, and were influenced by his trips back to India.

Raza is a founder of the Raza Foundation in India, which gives away the Annual Raza Foundation Award to emerging artists. In 2010, Christie’s sold his work Saurashtra for US$3.4 million, a record-breaking price for a living Indian artist. His work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, and is part of many international collections. He is a recipient of many awards including Prix de la Critique, Paris, 1956, the Rajkeeya Samman and Kalidas Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh, in 1978 and 1997, and Officier de LOrdre Des Arts et des Lettres, Government of France, 2002. The Government of India conferred him with the Padma Shri in 1981 and the Padma Bhushan in 2007. He was also honoured with the Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983.

After sixty years of living in France, Raza returned to India in December 2010 and now lives and works in New Delhi.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015After Midnight: Indian Modernism To Contemporary India 1947/1997Queens Museum of Art, NYgroup
2015The Ecstasy of Art – 1Tao Art Gallery, Mumbaigroup
2014PyaasGrosvenor Vadehra, Londonsolo
2014Raza: A RetrospectiveAicon Gallery, New Yorksolo
2014Immutable Gaze Pt. IAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2014Infinite: Tao’s 14th Anniversary ShowTao Art Gallery, Mumbaigroup
2013Manifestations X: 75 Artists 20th Century Indian ArtDelhi Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2013Mumbai Modern: Progressive Artists Group 1947-2013nDelhi Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2013The Form and the Figure Pt. IIAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2013Modern MastersGrosvenor Gallery, Londongroup
2013The Drawing WallVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2013The Form and the Figure Pt. IIAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2012Bindu VistaarGrosvenor Vadehra, Londonsolo
2012Extending the LineVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2012Gallery CollectionVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2012Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary ArtSakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennaigroup
2012Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to ModernismAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2012SightingsSakshi Gallery, Mumbaigroup
2012S.H.Raza: VistaarArt Musings, Mumbaisolo
2012S.H.RazaThe Arts Trust, Mumbaisolo
2012Manisfestions VIII- 20th certury Indian ArtDelhi Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2012Iconic ProcessionsAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2011PunaragamanVadehra Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhisolo
2011Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian ArtCentre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkatagroup
2011The Path of the Lotus: Indian ArtGrosvenor Gallery, Londongroup
2011Modern MastersAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2011Form and FormlessnessArt Alive Gallery, Gurgaongroup
2011POP: Progressives on PaperAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2011AnecdotesSakshi Gallery, Mumbaigroup
2011MasterclassDhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2011ContinuumDelhi Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2010Raza CeramiquesGalerie Flora J, Parissolo
2010Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Patrice Trigano, Parissolo
2010Sayed Haider RazaRL Fine Arts, New Yorksolo
2010Sayed Haider RazaAkar Prakar, Kolkatasolo
2010Recent WorksVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhisolo
2010Besides ParisBirla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkatagroup
2010Paper TrailsVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2010The Progressives & AssociatesGrosvenor Gallery, Londongroup
2010From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in TransitionRob Dean Art, Londongroup
2010Above and BeyondAicon Gallery, Londongroup
2010Masters of Maharashtra, collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New DelhiPiramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbaigroup
2009Bharat Ratna. Jewels of Modern Indian ArtMuseum of Fine Arts, Bostongroup
2009Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald RubinEmily Lowe Gallery, Hempsteadgroup
2009In Search of the VernacularAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2009Think SmallArt Alive Gallery, New Delhigroup
2009Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern ArtGrosvenor Gallery, Londongroup
2009Master ClassThe Arts Trust, Mumbaigroup
2008Modern and Contemporary Indian ArtVadehra Art Gallery, New Delhigroup
2008Freedom 2008 : Sixty Years After Indian IndependenceCentre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkatagroup
2008Magnificient SevenArt Alive Gallery, New Delhigroup
2007Raza – A RetrospectiveSaffronart, New Yorksolo
2007Celebrating 85 Years of Living Legend S H RazaHong Kongsolo
2007India Art Now: Between Continuity and TransformationProvince of Milan, Milan, Italygroup
2006Selected Works of S H RazaPeter Louis Gallery, Parissolo
2006Rang Ras – S. H. RazaTao Art Gallery, Mumbaisolo
2006MetamorphosisAryan Art Gallery, Mumbai, Delhi and Hong Kongsolo
2005Sayed Haider RazaSaffronart, Londonsolo
2005Sayed Haider RazaAryan Art Gallery, Delhisolo
2005Sayed Haider RazaTao Art Gallery, Mumbaisolo
2005Ashta Nayak: Eight Pioneers of Indian ArtAicon Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004Sayed Haider RazaAryan Art Gallery, Delhisolo
2004UnknownAryan Art Gallery, Delhigroup
2004UnknownArt Musings, Mumbaigroup
2003Des duos et des couplesAixen Provence, France group
2002Sayed Haider RazaGallery Chemould, Mumbaisolo
2001UnknownJane Woorhese Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jerseygroup
2001UnknownSaffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New Yorkgroup
2001Indian Contemporary Fine ArtSaffronart and Apparao Galleries, Los Angelesgroup
2001Symphony in WhiteGallery 7, Mumbaigroup
2001Cultural TiesKapil Jariwala Gallery, Londongroup
2000UnknownSmithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington
2000UnknownFukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japangroup
1999Sayed Haider RazaGallery Art 54, New Yorksolo
1999Timeless Vision – Contemporary Art of IndiaPeabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusettsgroup
1999Festival of Contemporary Art, EnergyGallery 7, Mumbaigroup
1999The Turning PointJehangir Art gallery, Mumbaigroup
1999UnknownSalar de Mai, Parisgroup
1999UnknownApparao Galleries, Hong Konggroup
1999UnknownGallery Art 54, New Yorkgroup
1999Timeless Vision – Contemporary Art of IndiaPeabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusettsgroup
1998Spirit and SoulIndian Painting Today, Hong Konggroup
1998Gegenwatskunst aw IndianHarsh Goenka, Bayer A.G. Leverkusen, Germanygroup
1998The Search WithinKloster Pernegg, Austriagroup
1998UnknownNational Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbaigroup
1998L indracable frontiersToulouse, Francegroup
1998International ExhibitionLisbon, Portugalgroup
1997Le Parcons du regardOletta, Corsices, Francesolo
1997Sayed Haider RazaGalleri Grewal Mohanjeet, Parissolo
1997Sayed Haider RazaRoopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopalsolo
1997Indian Contemporary ArtFine Art Resource, Berlingroup
1997An Ode to IndependenceApparao Galleries, Londongroup
1997Tryst with DestinyNational Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbaigroup
1997UnknownSingapore Art Museumgroup
1997Within The FrameApparao Galleries, Hong Konggroup
1997The Moderns, The Progressive Artists GroupNational Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbaigroup
1996Progressive Artists GroupNational Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbaigroup
1996ChamatkarThe Indian Metaphor, Whitleys Art Gallery, Londongroup
1996Les OceansMetropolitaine, Lisbon, Portugalgroup
1996Within The FrameThe Gallery, Chennai,Visual Art Centre Hong Konggroup
1996Progressive Artists GroupNational Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbaigroup
1996ChamatkarThe Indian Metaphor, Whitleys Art Gallery, Londongroup
1995Sept Peintres Indiens ContemporainsLe Monde de l Art, Parisgroup
1995UnknownFestival d Avignon, Francegroup
1995Tree of my LifeVillage Gallery, Delhigroup
1994L Artheque d EnterpriseGroup Michel Ferrier, Echirolle, Grenoblesolo
1994UnknownSalon de Mai, Espace Branley, Parisgroup
1993WoundsCentre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkatagroup
1993Indian encounterThe Gallery, Nehru Centre, Londongroup
1993Souvenir d en FranceLalit Kala Galleries, Delhigroup
1992Sayed Haider RazaJehangir Nicholsan Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbaisolo
1992Sayed Haider RazaParcours des Arts, La Louvesc, Francesolo
1991Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Eterso, Cannessolo
1991Retrospective 1952-91Palais Carnles, Musee de Menton, Francesolo
1991State of ArtPaintings with Computer, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbaigroup
1991CeramicsFaenza Anni 90, Italygroup
1990Sayed Haider RazaGallery Chemould, Mumbaisolo
1990L Artotheque d EntrepriseGroup Michel Ferrier, Echirolle Grenoblegroup
1990Realite SecondeGalerie Ariane, Parisgroup
1989UnknownSalon de Mai, Grand Palais, Parisgroup
1989Artistes Indiens a ParisGalerie Ariane, Parisgroup
1988Sayed Haider RazaGallery Chemould, Mumbaisolo
1988UnknownMaison de la Culture, Space Andre Malraux, Reims, Francegroup
1988Art for CRYMumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhigroup
1988UnknownThe National Museum of Contemporary Art, Olympiad, Seoul, Koreagroup
1987Sayed Haider RazaLa Tete de l Art, Grenoblesolo
1987UnknownGalerie La tete de l Art, Grenoblegroup
1987Coups de CoeurHalles de L ille, Geneva, Switzerlandgroup
1986Indian Art TodayThe Philips Collection, Washingtongroup
1986Contemporary Indian Art, Chester Herwitz Family CollectionFestival of India, Grey Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1985Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Pierre Parat, Parissolo
1985Artistes Indiens en FranceFoundation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Parisgroup
1984Sayed Haider RazaGallery Chemould, Mumbaisolo
1984UnknownJ. Y. Noblet, Parisgroup
1983UnknownSalon de Mai, Parisgroup
1983UnknownBibliotheque Nationale, Luxemborggroup
1982Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Leob, Bern, Switzerlandsolo
1982Sayed Haider RazaGalerie J.Y Noblet, Grenoblesolo
1982Contemporary Indian ArtRoyal Academy, Londongroup
1982India, Myth & Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian ArtMuseum of Modern Art, Oxford, UKgroup
1981UnknownCharlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmarkgroup
1980Sayed Haider RazaGalleriet, Oslosolo
1979Sayed Haider RazaStavanger Kunstforening, Norwaysolo
1978Sayed Haider RazaJehangir Nicholson Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbaisolo
1978UtsavMadhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Bhopalsolo
1978Pictorial SpaceLalit Kala Akademi, Delhigroup
1978UnknownSalon de Dessin, Parisgroup
1978UnknownVieux Presbitaire, Gorbiogroup
1978L Estampe Aujourd hui, Bibliotheque Nationale: Foire Internationale d Art Contemporian, Grand Palais, Parisgroup
1977Sayed Haider RazaLa Tete de l Art, Grenoblesolo
1976Sayed Haider RazaJehangir Art Gallery, Gallery Chemould, Mumbaisolo
1975Sayed Haider RazaGalleria Matuzia, San Remo, Italysolo
1975UnknownSahel Palais de l Europe, Mentongroup
1974Sayed Haider RazaLa Palette, Trouvillesolo
1974UnknownLalit Kala Akademi, New Delhigroup
1974UnknownPremier Salon International d Art Contemporain, Parisgroup
1974UnknownSalon Grands et Jeunes d Aujoued huigroup
1973Estampes ContemporainesMusee de Mentongroup
1973UnknownGalleria Matuzia, San Remogroup
1973UnknownPacific Cultural Museum, Pasadena, Californiagroup
1973Indian Contemporary PaintersRenwich Gallery, Washingtongroup
1973UnknownBibliotheque Nationale, Parisgroup
1972UnknownWolfgang-Gurlitt Museum, Linz, Austriagroup
1971Recherche et ExpressionMontferneilgroup
1971UnknownArt et Fer Blanc, Parisgroup
1969Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Lara Vincy, Parissolo
1968Sayed Haider RazaTecta Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germanysolo
1967Silver Jubilee ExhibitionGallery Chemould, Mumbaigroup
1965Promesses tenuesMusee Galliera, Parisgroup
1965Realities NouvellesParisgroup
1965Art Now in IndiaNewcastle, UKgroup
1963Sayed Haider RazaDom Galerie, Cologne, Germanysolo
1963Grands et Jeunes d Aujourd huiSalons Comparaisons, Parisgroup
1962Sayed Haider RazaWorth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, University of California, California, USAsolo
1962Sayed Haider RazaLanyon Gallery, Palo Alto, Californiasolo
1962Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Dresdnere, Montrealsolo
1962Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Dresdnere, Torontosolo
1962Commonwealth ExhibitionCommonwealth Institute Londongroup
1962Ecole de Paris 62Galerie Charpentier, Parisgroup
1962Werke der Ecole de ParisDom Galerie, Colognegroup
1962UnknownGallery 63, New Yorkgroup
1962Commonwealth ExhibitionCommonwealth Institute, Londongroup
1961Ecole de Paris 61Galerie Charpentier, Parisgroup
1961UnknownGalerie Semiha Huber, Zurichgroup
1960Modern Indian ArtSantiago, Trinidad and Mexicogroup
1960UnknownGalerie Charpentier, Parisgroup
1959Sayed Haider RazaJehangir Art gallery, Mumbaisolo
1959Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Dresdnere, Montrealsolo
1959Sayed Haider RazaAll India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhisolo
1958Sayed Haider RazaGalerie Lara Vincy, Parissolo
1958John Moores ExhibitionWalker Art Gallery, Liverpoolgroup
1958Trends in Contemporary Painting from IndiaGraham Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1957Exhibition organized by the Journal AsahiTokyogroup
1957TransferencesZwemmer Gallery, Londongroup
1956Les Arts en France et dans le MondeMusee d Art Moderne, Parisgroup
1953UnknownGalerie Raymond Creuze, Parisgroup
1952UnknownGalerie Saint-Placidegroup
1951UnknownSalon de Mai, Parisgroup
1950Sayed Haider RazaCharles Petras s Institute of Foreign Languages, Mumbaisolo
1948Progressive Artists GroupMumbaigroup