The Paintings of S H Raza

On the 23rd of July, the art world lost another accomplished artist – Syed Haider Raza. Raza is known for his close association with the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group, a firebrand group of modern artists formed by influential painters like M.F. Hussain, F.N. Souza, K.H. Ara and others. Raza is also celebrated for his syncretic abstract paintings which combine Indian iconography and philosophy with European art styles. His later works, which centred on the ‘Bindu’ are his most famous and fetching pieces. At the age of 94, the artist breathed his last, and although he is no longer in our midst, we can still explore his thoughts, preoccupations and guiding philosophies through his work.

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Raza’s paintings are instantly identifiable through their characteristic style. Geometric patterns, bold colours and abstract themes abound in his work. Here are a couple of his paintings to help you familiarize yourself with his unique style.

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