The Easel

28th March 2023

Centurion SH Raza in Paris: ‘Child of five elements’

Raza embodies the idea of transcultural. He trained in the Indian figurative tradition of sculpture and miniature painting before modernism drew him to Paris in 1950. His work morphed accordingly, from figuration to ‘French” landscapes and then (following a visit to the US) to his acclaimed abstractions. The constants in his work were high contrast colours and geometric symbols, both distinctly Indian. Said Raza “I remained an Indian painter in my heart”. More background is here.