Piraji Sagara was born on February 2, 1931 at Ahmedabad. Discovering a natural talent for drawing, he joined a drawing course after matriculation in 1950, working as a drawing teacher upon the completion of the course. Piraji Sagara became drawing master in 1957 and art master in 1960 from J.J. school of art at Bombay. Since 1963, Piraji has been teaching art at school of architecture, C.E.P.T., Ahmedabad. Piraji Sagara is Gujaratís Best-Known artist, sculptor and painter. He revolutionized the art scene by introducing wood collages. He is a versatile artist who works in many mediums. He lives and works in Ahmedabad.
Awards and Honours
Piraji received the gold medal of Calcutta fine arts academy for two consecutive years of 1960 and 1961. In 1962, he was awarded the first prize of the Gujarat state Lalit Kala academy and in 1963 and the national award of the Lalit Kala academy at New Delhi.
His works have been exhibited through invitation at several distinguished places in India and abroad. Notable among these are: Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1971; ART NOW IN INDIA an exhibition sponsored by the art council of London in all major cities of Europe in 1972-1973 and on two occasions at the exhibitions of the works of Asian artists organized by Fukukoma museum of art, Tokyo in 1979 and 1980.In 1980, Piraji was invited to attend the 12th international festival of painters at Cagne Sur-Mer, France, Where his works were exhibited, by the Indian council of cultural relations and the government of France.
Yehudi Menuhin, Mrs. Jackson Pollock, Shahbenu of Iran, Umashankar Joshi, Mrs. Mrinalini Sarabhai, Louis Kahn, Balkrishna Doshi , Piloo Mody, smt. Gayatridevi of Jaipur, Mrs. Otto Spaceth, Mrs.Kumudini Lakhia and shri Gunvant Mangaldas are among the prominent individuals and connoisseur of art; having works of Piraji in their collections.