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Piraji Sagara View Artworks of Piraji Sagara Back to Artist

Born on 2nd February 1931 in the city of Ahmedabad, Piraji Sagara is one of India’s most well known painters and sculptors. He is specially known for introducing wood collages to the world of Indian art.


Having a natural talent for drawing, Piraji Sagara enrolled for a drawing course after his matriculation. He completed his Masters in Drawing in 1957 and in Masters in Arts in 1960 from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai.

Since 1963, he taught art at the School (now Faculty) of Architecture, CEPT University Ahmedabad until his retirement. The basement of Faculty of Architecture in CEPT University was named after him.

A versatile artist who could work with a plethora of mediums including coloured board, tin plates, brass plates, nails in sculptures and paintings, Piraji Sagara was deeply inspired by folk traditions of Gujarat. The themes of his paintings include the dialectics of relationship between human beings and nature. His canvas is rather preoccupied with the entire gamut of human existence, he explores the psychological underpinnings of human existence, so to say. And in his works, his fascination for the unique contradictions of human existence merges beautifully with his fascination for the mysteries of nature. Sagara’s works are exhibited around the world including Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1971; Art Now in India exhibition around Europe 1972-73; Exhibition of Asian Artists by Fukukoma Museum of Art, Tokya 1979-80. He was invited to the 12th International Festival of Painters at Cagne Sur-Mer, France.

Piraji Sagara received many awards including the medal of Kolkata Fine Arts Academy in 1960 and 1961, the first prize of Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi in 1962 and the a national Lalit Kala Akademi award, New Delhi in 1963.

The artist passed away in January 2014 in Ahmedabad.

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