Provenance : Property from an important Mumbai
based corporate collection.
Height of the figure - 6ft
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.