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Legendary Indian Modernist SH Raza Dead at 94

by Henri Neuendorf (Article reposted from Artnet)

SH Raza at the Delhi Art Summit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Indian artist Syed Haider Razahas died at the age of 94. He passed away in a New Delhi hospital on Saturday. According to Ashok Vajpeyi, a poet and close friend of the painter, Raza succumbed to old age.

After studying at the Sir JJ School of Art, Raza rose to fame for his vibrant abstract, geometric acrylic on canvas paintings. In 1947, he founded the avant-garde Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group, which subverted the mainstream perception of art and ushered in a new era of modernist creative expression in his native country.

According to the Hindustan Times, the artist started out as a landscape painter and colorist, but later turned his attention to “metaphysical ideas and the essence of life.” As such, he began to explore the Hindu philosophies of prakriti (nature), kundalini, (primal energy), tribhuj (triangle), and bindu (circle/dot) in his artistic practice.

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