Born 1922 in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Died 2016 in New Delhi, India.
Since he began painting in the early 1940s in India, Raza’s subject, style, and technique have evolved in distinct stages through his migration to France, his interaction with Abstract Expressionism through the 1950s and 1960s, and his return to a core Indian aesthetic philosophy in the 1970s. These periods of Raza’s work, though distinct, form a continuum—one that is a testament to the artist’s constant negotiation to develop his painterly vision. Breaking away from frames like nation and specific locations in time and space, Raza’s body of work is trans-cultural in its appeal. He was a member of the Progressive Artist’s Group along with F. N. Souza, Ram Kumar, and M. F. Husain. Although the Group disbanded in 1956, its leading artists continued to cultivate their individual styles and to this day remain an influence and inspiration for generations of contemporary South Asian artists.