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ABOUT THOTA VAIKUNTAM

In Thota Vaikuntam’s works, contrast dominates the canvas. A bold palette of solid ostentatious colours are juxtaposed against the tanned, almost burnt, skin tones of his various subjects.
The focus of Vaikuntam’s art is Telangana: his homeland, whose revolution and struggle for autonomy he embodied in spirit and work. From priests to peasants, Vaikuntam gave an image to all those Telangana people inhabiting his imagination and memories from his childhood in the Boorgupally village in Andhra Pradesh.
But it were the women who commanded his attention; he gave them almond-shaped slits for eyes, smeared the traditional vermilion across their foreheads in perfect geometric shapes, and rendered them bodies that exuded an indolent sensuality despite block-like figurations.
Vaikuntam has been known to say: “My art is my village.”

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Thota Vaikuntam

Print on paper
Signed and dated in Telugu (lower left)
2013
8.5 x 11 in (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
This item will be sold unframed, in a roll

ABOUT Thota Vaikuntam

In Thota Vaikuntam’s works, contrast dominates the canvas. A bold palette of solid ostentatious colours are juxtaposed against the tanned, almost burnt, skin tones of his various subjects.
The focus of Vaikuntam’s art is Telangana: his homeland, whose revolution and struggle for autonomy he embodied in spirit and work. From priests to peasants, Vaikuntam gave an image to all those Telangana people inhabiting his imagination and memories from his childhood in the Boorgupally village in Andhra Pradesh.
But it was the women who commanded his attention; he gave them almond-shaped slits for eyes, smeared the traditional vermilion across their foreheads in perfect geometric shapes, and rendered them bodies that exuded an indolent sensuality despite block-like figurations.
Vaikuntam has been known to say: “My art is my village.”

Born in 1942 in Boorugupali, Andhra Pradesh, T. Vaikuntam completed a Diploma in Painting at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad, in 1970, and then another in Painting and Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 1972. He held his first solo exhibition at the Kala Bhavan in Hyderabad in 1973, and since then has had regular shows at various galleries in Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. His most recent shows have been ‘Yes, I am He’ organized by India Fine Art at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; ‘Telangana: Inheritance of a Dream Lost’ at Art Alive, New Delhi, also in 2007; and ‘Mukham’ at Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2006.

Some recent group shows that have included Vaikuntam’s work have been ‘Indian Harvest’ presented by Crimson – the Art Resouce, Bangalore, at SG Private Bank, Singapore, in 2009; ‘The Root of Everything’ at Gallery Mementos, Bangalore, in 2009; ‘Post Independence Masters’ at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2008; ‘6 Artists Show’ at 1×1 Gallery, Dubai, in 2006; ‘Tradition and Change’ at Arts India, New York, in 2002; and ‘Ignition’ at Crimson Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2000.

Among his several honors are the National Award for Painting, which Vaikuntam received in 1993, and the Biennale Award from Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, which he received in 1988-89.

The artist lives and works in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

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Dimensions 11 x 8.5 in

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