SH Raza, A Commercially Valued Indian Artist

SH Raza, A Commercially Valued Indian ArtistSayed Haider Raza has won many awards throughout his lifetime, including the Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society in 1948; a French Government Scholarship to the École des Beaux Arts in 1950; the French Prix de la Critique in 1956; a Visiting Lectureship at the University of California in Berkeley; 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.

Raza has won many awards throughout his lifetime: including the Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society in 1948; a French Government Scholarship to the École des Beaux Arts in 1950; the French Prix de la Critique in 1956; a Visiting Lectureship at the University of California in Berkeley; 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.

Raza has had solo exhibitions in India, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Hong Kong, USA and Canada and participated in group shows in many more countries.

Raza’s work is in Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Baroda Museum, India; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; Jehangir Nicholson Museum, Mumbai; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Roopankar: Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal; Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; Asia Society, New York and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

SH Raza is one of the most established, most respected and most commercially valued Indian artists. He was born in India but studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in his late 20s, has lived in France for some 50 years, married a French artist and clearly absorbed European artistic and cultural influences, However, he likes to think of himself as fundamentally an Indian artist, who has returned frequently to his homeland, where he finds intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual nourishment. He founded the Raza– Mongillat Foundation in Gorbio, which is housed in a 12th century chateau, founded in 2002 in memory of Raza’s late wife, the artist Janine Mongillat, (who died in 2002). 100 works from his personal collection have been presented, of these 20 are Raza’s own works, 23 his late wife’s, the remainder being Indian sculptures, woodcarvings, miniatures and bronzes from the 12th century from Raza’s own personal collection.

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