The foundation

The Sayed Haider Raza foundation aims at favoring and showing without any geographical or linguistic boundaries the artisitic work of Haider Raza.

With this spirit, the foundation supports the publication of scientific works, artisitic and historical critique about Sayed Haider Raza .

The foundation is based in Gorbio, a French village at the coast of Azur, which is the second residence of the artist and his wife Janine Mongillat. 

Mr Soufiane Bensabra, Chairman of The Raza Foundation, Is in charge of The Estate.

Sayed Haider Raza




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  • 1922 - birth of Sayed Haider Raza , on 22nd February , in Barbaria, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
  • 1927 - At the primary school, he studied with professor Nandlal Jharia.
  • 1932 - 1939 - His parents moved to Damoh S.H Raza followed his scholarship with professors Beni Prasad Sthapak, Gouri Shankar Lahari and Daryav Singh Rathore.
  • 1939 - 1943 - He went to the school of art of Nagpur and studied with professors M.Y Athwale and Vasant Kelkar.
  • 1943 - 1950 - He settled down in Bombay, studied in Mohan Art Club then in the Sir J.J. School of Art as a free auditor, then in the fifth year as a student for professor Shri Ahiwasi.
  • In 1946, his first personal exhibition was held in Salon de la Societe des Beaux-Arts of Bombay. The second one would take place in 1948 in Cachmire. In 1946, he received the silver medal from the Societe des Beaux-Arts of Bombay, then in 1948 he got the golden medal.
  • 1950 -1953 - He got a scholarship from the French goverment then he left to Paris where he got into the national school of Beaux-Arts in the studio of Edmond HeuzĂ©. Then, the first exhibtion in Paris with F.N Souza and Akbar Padarnsee in 1952, in the Saint-Placid gallery.
  • 1955 - He started painting with oil.
  • 1956 - In Paris, he was awarded the Critique Prize. He participated in a number of exhibitions both in France and abroad in biennal, among which the Venice, Sao Paulo, Menton along with the triennial of New-Delhi.
  • 1959 - Marriage with the French artist Janin Mongillat.
  • 1962 - he was invited to Berkeley in California University as a visitor lecturer.
  • 1978 - Return to India, then he visited Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh to discover his roots.
  • 1981 - He was awarded The honoring title of Padma Shri by the Indian president.
  • 2002 - On February, he was promoted to the rank of an officer in the order of Arts and Letters. On April the fifth, Janin Mangillat died.
  • 2016 - death of the artist.

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