Born 1922 in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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. Although the Progressive Artists Group disbanded in 1956, its leading artists continued to cultivate their individual styles, and to this day remain an influence and inspiration for generations of contemporary South Asian artists.

S. H. Raza lives and works in New Delhi.


1950 – 1953 Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris
1943 – 1947 Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
1939 – 1943 Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur

Select Solo Exhibitions

2012 Bindu Vistaar, Grosvenor Gallery, London
2011 Punaragaman, Vadehra Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2010 Raza Ceramiques, Galerie Flora J, Paris
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris
RL Fine Arts, New York
Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Recent Works, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Raza; a retrospective, Saffronart, New York
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 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
Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
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, Corsices, France
Galleri Grewal Mohanjeet, Paris
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 Nicholsan Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
Parcours des Arts, La Louvesc, France
1991 Retrospective 1952-1991, Palais Carnles, Musee de Menton, France
Galerie Eterso, Cannes

Select Group Exhibitions

2012 Extending the Line, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Gallery Collection, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art, presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai
Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to Modernism, Aicon Gallery, New York
Sightings, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2011 Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata
The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Modern Masters, Aicon Gallery, New York
Form and Formlessness, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
POP: Progressives on Paper, Aicon Gallery, NY
Anecdotes, Sakshi Gallery, New Delhi
Masterclass, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
Continuum, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 Besides Paris, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
Paper Trails, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Progressives & Associates, Grosvenor Gallery, London
From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition, Rob Dean Art, London
Above and Beyond, Aicon Gallery, London
Masters of Maharashtra, collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, at Piramal
Gallery, National Center for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
2009 Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art, Museum of Fine Artsm Boston
Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi
Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead
In Search of the Vernacular, Aicon Gallery, New York
Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Masterclass, The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2008 Freedom 2008 : Sixty Years After Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2007 – 2008 India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
2005 Aicon Gallery, New York
2004 Aryan Art Gallery, Delhi
S. H. Raza and Manish Pushkale – Recent Works’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
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
Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York
2001 Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York
Indian Contemporary Fine Art, Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles
Symphony in White’, Gallery 7, Mumbai
Cultural Ties, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London
2000 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Awards and Honors

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