Syed Haider Raza


Syed Haider Raza was born in 1922 in Madhya Pradesh and studied painting at the Nagpur School of Art and the Sir J.J.School of Art. A founder member of the Progressive Artists' Group Raza participated actively in the Group's activities, stimulated many discussions in the early struggle to develop a modernist language and presented several exhibitions of his paintings in India before leaving for France on a French Government scholarship in 1950. In Paris he studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1950 to 1953.

Awarded the Prix de la Critique in Paris in 1956, Raza has held numerous exhibitions both in India and abroad. He has participated in the Venice, Sao Paulo and Menton Biennales and has held retrospective shows the most recent being in 1997 in Mumbai, Bhopal and New Delhi The University of California invited him as a visiting lecturer at the art department of Berkeley in 1962. In December 1978 the Madhya Pradesh Government invited him to his native state to pay him homage and for an exhibition of his work in Bhopal.


  • 1946: Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
  • 1948: Gold Medal, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
  • 1956: Prix de la critique, Paris
  • 1981: Padma Shri; the Government of India
  • 1981: Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • 1981:Kalidas Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • 2007: Padma Bhushan; the Government of India
  • 2013: Padma Vibhushan; the Government of India

  • Exhibitions

  • 2010 Flora Jansem Gallery, Raza Ceramiques, Paris
  • 2010 Akar Prakar Art Gallery,Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Jaipur INDIA in 2010
  • 2008 Art Alive Gallery, Delhi, INDIA in 2008
  • View Exhibition Magnificent Seven at Art Alive Gallery
  • 1997 Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
  • 1997 Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai
  • 1997 National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • 1994 The Art Rental Corporate, Group Michael Ferrier, Échirolles, Grenoble
  • 1992 Jehangir Nicholson Museum, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
  • 1992 Courses Arts Lalouvesc, France
  • 1991 Gallery Eterso, Cannes Retrospective: 1952-91, Palazzo Carnoles
  • 1991 Museum of Menton, France
  • 1990 Chemould Gallery, Bombay
  • 1988 Chemould Gallery, Bombay; Koloritten Galleri, Stavanger, Norway
  • 1987 The Head of the artist, Grenoble
  • 1985 Galerie Pierre Parat, Paris
  • 1984 Chemould Gallery, Bombay
  • 1982 Gallery Loeb, Bern, Switzerland; Gallery JY Noblet, Grenoble
  • 1980 Galleriet, Oslo