His works are mainly abstracts replete with references and icons from Indian cosmology and its philosophy. In 1978, the Madhya Pradesh Government invited him to his native state for a homage; and an exhibition of his work was organised in Bhopal. He was elected Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983. In 1997, Raza was awarded the Madhya Pradesh Government’s prestigious Kalidas Samman. He was conferred with the Padma Shree Award in 1981, the Padma Bhushan in 2007, and Padma Vibhushan in 2013.
He passed away in July 2016, in Delhi.