Piraji Sagara

Piraji Sagara was born on the 2nd of February, 1931 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He was inclined towards art since he was a child. He completed his Master’s degree in Arts from Sir J.J. School of Art in the year 1960. Soon after completing his art education he returned to his home state to work and teach. He was appointed as a teacher at the CEPT University Ahmedabad in their Architecture Dept in the year 1963 and continued there till his retirement.

Piraji Sagara established himself as one of Gujarat’s best-known artists, and his practice included painting and sculpting. Deft with handling wood as medium he introduced and created several wood collage works. He masterfully balanced the somber shade of wood by applying bright colours. The prevalent depth perception owing to the disparate colour palette was a remarkable feature because it enabled the final imagery to resonate holistically through the fragmented surface. He was also inspired by folk traditions of Gujarat and also by the creations of nature.

The artist exhibited his works at important international gatherings such as Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1971; Art Now in India, a travelling exhibition through Europe 1972-73; Exhibition of Asian Artists by Fukukoma Museum of Art, Tokyo 1979-80 to name a few. Piraji Sagara was the receipt of several awards, to name a few, Gold medal by Kolkata Fine Arts Academy in 1960 and 1961 respectively, first prize awarded by the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi in 1962 and the a national award by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1963.

The artist passed away in Ahmedabad in the year 2014.;