Indian Artist Invited To Gallery Displaying His Paintings But Finds Fakes

January 21, 2009

India (ChattahBox) – When SH Raza, the acclaimed Indian surrealist painter, entered into a Mumbai gallery, having been invited to a gallery of his work, the last thing he expected was to be confronted with a room of fakes.

It was a famous gallery, and a crowded show, featuring various artists, and so not the event you would expect to be a scam. But the thirty Raza paintings adorning the walls were far from originals, in fact, they were not even passable replicas of his work.

“I was stupefied and stunned … I will turn 86 next month. At this stage of my life, this was the last thing I wanted to do — grace an exhibition of my own fake paintings,” he said.

The gallery closed the show after being alerted of the fakes, and apologized, claiming they had been taken in, as well as Raza.


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