His inspiration comes almost exclusively from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata while his artistic lineage traceable to such great modern masters of line and colour as Dufy, Matisse and Klee. Reddappa Naidu feels perfectly at home in the world of gods and goddesses who naturally come alive in his canvases where one sees an exquisite blend of spiritual vision and contemporary idiom.
Born in 1932 at Kapulapalem in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Reddappa Naidu completed his formal education from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. He secured a 1st Class Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Madras in 1960. He was awarded the Government of India Cultural Scholarship in Painting from March 1960 to December 1962. He won the National Award in 1962.
Reddappa Naidu has participated in many international exhibitions including the 4th Paris Binennale( 1965 ), Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition ( London ), 19th and 11th Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil ( 1969 ) and 1971 respectively.
His works have been represented in the collection of Lalit Kala Akademi. He held his first exhibition in 1958 in Chennai.
Reddappa Naidu passed away in 1999.
Selected Posthumous Exhibitions
2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008-09 'Paz Mandala', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
2005 'Manifestations III', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Mumbai and New Delhi
2004 'Manifestations II', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Mumbai and New Delhi
2010 'Manifestations', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Mumbai and New Delhi Selected Solo Exhibitions
1989 'Retrospective', The Grindlay's Art Gallery and The Gallery, Chennai
1974 'Mahabharta Paintings', Ashoka Art Gallery, New Delhi
1972 Diety Series, Aparna Art Gallery, Bangalore
1969 'Retrospective:1956-69', Oxford House, Chennai Selected Group Exhibitions
1996 'Madras an Emotion-1996', organized by Values Art Foundation, Chennai
1983 Organized by Mahindra and Mahindra at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1977 CP Art Centre, Chennai
1967 Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition., London and other parts of Europe
1966 Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad
1977 Mayur Art Gallery, Chennai
1964 Anita Pavillion, Hyderabad
1958 Ortacamund, Chennai Participations
1989 The Nehru Centenary Exhibition on Nature and Enviornment, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1978 4th Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1979 IV Biennale, Paris
1973 23 Years of Indian Art Exhibition, New Delhi
1971 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1969 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1965 Paris Biennale, Paris
Honours and Awards
1968 First Prize of all India Art Exhibition, Ernakulem
1967 Gold Medal, Hyderabad Art Society
1967 Academy of Fine Arts Academy, Kolkota
1965 Madras State Lalit Kala Academy Award
1963,65,66,69,71 Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy Award
1962 National Award presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1961 Bombay and Hyderabad Art Society's Price
1960-62 Cultural Scholarship in Painting from Government of India
1958 South Indian Society of Painters AwardBack to Artists View Artworks of Reddappa Naidu