Artist Profile


He was born in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh. His father was a forest officer. 1947 Founder member of the Progressive Art Group with Husain, Souza, Ara, Bakre and Gade, Bombay. Lives and works in Paris.


1939-43 Studied at Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur. 1943-47 Studied at J.J. School of Art, Bombay. 1950-53 cole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris.



1947 Solo exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1950 Exhb., Charles Petrass Institute of Foreign Languages, Bombay. 1958, 61, 62, 67, 69 Exhb., Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris. 1958, 76, 97 Exhb., Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay. 1959-60, 62, 68 Exhb., Galerie Dresdnere, Montreal. 1962 Exhb., Lanyon Gallery, Palo Alto, California. 1963, 68 Exhb., Dom Gallerie, Dusseldorf. 1969, 76, 84, 88, 90 Exhb., Gallery Chemould, Bombay. 1968 Exhb., Tecta Gallerie, Dusseldorf. 1974 Exhb., La Palette, Trouville. 1975 Exhb., Galleria Matuzia, San Remo. 1976, 79 Exhb., Stavanger Kunstforening Gallery, Norway. 1977, 87 Exhb., La Tte de l Art, Grenoble. 1982 Exhb., Galerie Loeb, Berne. 1985 Exhb., Galerie Pierre Parat, Paris. 1991 Exhb., Galerie Eterso, Cannes. 1997 Exhb., NGMA, New Delhi. 1999 Exhb., Apparao Gallery, Madras and Art 54 Gallery, New York. 2001 Mindscapes 1945-50, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Cente


Asia Society, New York. Baroda Museum & Pictorial Gallery, Baroda. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Jehangir Nicholson Musuem. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Bombay. Musee National d Art Moderne, Paris. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1946 Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1948 Gold Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1948 Invited by Sheikh Abdullah to visit Kashmir. 1950-53 French Govt. Scholarship, cole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris. 1956 He was the only foreign artist to achieve the distinction of Prix de la Critique, Paris. 1962 Invited to teach at the University of California, Berkley. 1981 Awarded Padmashri, Govt. of India. Fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Awarded Kalidas Samman, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. 2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


Leaving the country with the dilemma of the national, Raza moved to a model for liberation and inner contemplation. Working out an indigenous symbolism, he has journeyed a long distance away from his early works that were direct extracts from life. His restless energy was contained later in his self-styled transcendental Bindu that has become synonymous with Raza, and for him the connective point between the body and the soul, between living in Paris and belonging to India. Perhaps each phase of Razas evolution is equally significant, and almost inevitable in his arriving at a truth that he now acknowledges as his final resolution and promise in art.


1962 Visiting Lecturer, Art Deptt. of Berkely, California.