Sayed Haider Raza

India / France / 1922 - 2016
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"Syed Haider Raza Alias S.H. Raza (born 22 February 1922) is an Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950, but maintains strong ties with India.

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. He was awarded the Padma Shri and Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1981, Padma Bhushan in 2007, and Padma Vibhushan in 2013. He was conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) on July 14, 2015.

He became India's priciest modern artist on 10 June 2010 when a seminal work, Saurashtra by the 88-year-old was sold for 16.42 crore ($3,486,965) at a Christie's auction." (Wikipedia)

Syed Haider Raza, one of India’s greatest painters of modern art and the last surviving member of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) in 1947, died July 23, 2016 at the age of 94.

S.H. Raza succeeded in integrating formal Western modern art concepts, particularly geometric abstraction, with traditional Indian Hindu and Muslim metaphysical symbols of spirituality, creating a uniquely Indian Progressive art. After early expressionist works, usually landscapes, his style turned toward abstraction. The one constant throughout his artistic journey was a rich and vibrant color palette. Frequent themes explored by Raza in his instantly recognizable abstractions include prakriti (nature), kundalini (primal energy), tribhuj (triangle) and most significantly, bindu (circle/dot).

The artist was the recipient of the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Legion of Honour (the highest honour awarded to civilians by the French government). Raza was also a fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s national academy of fine art in New Delhi. http://www.irequireart.com/blog/?p=1781
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