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His art draws inspiration from the rural environs of Telangana and the men and women who inhabit that space. Telangana women, in particular, are frequent subjects of his works.

 

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. Vaikuntam’s art has a sense of strength to it, a power that emanates from the paint or charcoal that he applies to the surface, from his controlled lines, and from the fine strokes that he executes. He generally uses only primary colours, as he believes that composite colours do not exist in nature and are therefore, unnatural.

 

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 1x1 Gallery, Dubai, in 2006; ‘Tradition and Change’ at Arts India, New York, in 2002; and ‘Ignition’ at Crimson Art Gallery, Mumbai,in2000. Among his several honours 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

 

 

Education

  1971-72 Painting and Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.(On a Lalit Kala Academy Fellowship from Andhra Pradesh)

  1965-70 Diploma in Painting, College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2015 'The Telangana Icons', presented by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi at Grosvenor Gallery, London

  2011 'Memoire du passé 1979-1999', Latitude 28, New Delhi

  2011 'Metamorphosis: The Changing World of Thota Vaikuntam', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2009-10 'Saffron.Vermilion.Turmeric', Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2007 ‘Yes, I am He’, organized by India Fine Art, India Fine Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Telangana: Inheritance of a Dream Lost’, Art Alive, New Delhi

  2006 ‘Mukham’, Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

  2005 ‘Telangana Men and Women’, Arts India, California

  2005 ‘Naupu Telupu’, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Retrospective Show’, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi, London

  2004 Kuhu Art Gallery, London

  2003 ‘Larger Than Life – Vaikuntam’s Women’, Arts India, New York and The Guild, Mumbai

  2003 ‘Portraits’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 ‘Memories of Telangana’, Sama, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Mother’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Gallery 678, New York

  1998 ‘My Telangana Images’, Mumbai

  1998 ‘Vision and Response’, Renaissance, Bangalore

  1996 Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

  1996 The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995-97 New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad

  1994-95 Crimson Gallery, Bangalore

  1994-95 I.T.C . Welcome Group, Hyderabad

  1994 Surya Gallery, Hyderabad and Gallerie 88, Kolkata

  1992 Gallery Kufa, London

  1992 Kessel, Chennai and Mumbai

  1991 Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1990 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1988-89 Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad and Grindlays Bank Gallery, Chennai

  1985 Show of Drawings, Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad

  1982-83 Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad

  1980 Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings on Mother Series, Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad

  1978 Exhibition of Ink and Wash drawings, Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad

  1978 Exhibition of Prints, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore

  1975-77 Ink Drawings, Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad

  1974 One-Man Show of Small Drawings, Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad

  1972-73 Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

  2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London

  2010 'Figure/Landscape: Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

  2010 'Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2009 'Entity', in association with Asian Academy of Film & Television at M.E.C. Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

  2009 Gallery Space, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

  2008 'Stellar Configuration', presented by Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 'Post Independence Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2008 ‘Freedom 2008 : Sixty Years After Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2008 ‘Pravah’, Art Pilgrim, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Serigraphs’, Presented by Archer Graphic Studio at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 'Rising Of The Phoneix: A Tribute To Livelihood', Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad

  2007 'Self and the Selfless', Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad

  2007 ‘The Workshop’, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 Opening Show, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2006 ‘6 Artists Show’, 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai

  2006 Opening Show, Arts Pilgrim, London

  2005 ‘Evoking Rasa in Luminous Visions - Indian Art’, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

  2005 ‘Divine Inspiration’, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Confluence’, Arts India, California

  2003 ‘Faces’, Art Alive, New Delhi

  2003 Kuhu Art Gallery, London

  2003 ‘Hyderabad with Love’, India Fine Art, Hyderabad, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Tradition and Change’, Arts India, New York

  2001 ‘A Panorama of Indian Contemporary Art’, Art Circle, The Guild

  2000 ‘Dubai / Creative 2000

  2000 Menaz Art Gallery

  2000 Faces Design Art, Dubai

  2000 ‘Ignition’, Crimson Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2000 ‘Mask’, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1999 Sans Tache, Mumbai

  1999 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

  1999 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1998 Group Show in Singapore

  1998 Threshold, Vishakapatnam

  1998 ‘Tempera’, Art Today, New Delhi

  1998 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1998 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

  1997 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1996 ‘Chamatkara – Myth and Magic in Indian Art’, Whitley’s Art Gallery, London

  1995 Art for CRY, Mumbai   1995 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1995 Gallerie 88, Kolkata

  1995 Autumn Exhibition, All India Fine Art and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1995 Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

  1995 ‘Woman’, organized by The Gallery, Singapore, Hong Kong

  1994-95 ‘Contemporary Miniatures’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata

  1994 ‘Art in Miniature Form’, Renaissance, Bangalore

  1994 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1994 ‘India Encounter II’, Lee Arthur Studio, New York

  1993 Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery 88, Kolkata

  1993 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1993 Summer Show, The Gallery, Chennai

  1993 Birla Academy of Art and Culture Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Mumbai

  1993 ‘Wide Angle’, Sarla Art Centre, Bangalore

  1992 Sansriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1992 Summer Show, Hyderabad

  1992 Help Age India, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1992 Art Encounter, Kessel

  1992 Gallerie 88, Bangalore

  1992 Shraddha Saharpan, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 ‘Images of Rural India’, Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad

  1991 ‘The Collectors Choice’, Society for Promotion of Art, Hyderabad

  1991 Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Five Artists’, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute and CCMB Science Institute, Hyderabad

  1990 Sarla Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1990 The Gallery, Chennai

  1988-89 Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

  1989 Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad

Participations

  2014 'Ode to Monumental: Celebration, Visuality, Ideology', presented by Saffronart at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

  2010 'Contemporary Printmaking In India', presented by Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2009 'Entity', Annual Exhibition, M.E.C Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 17th Anniversary Show, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

  2007 ‘Summer Show 2007’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2006 ‘CIMA Annual 2006’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1995 6th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1994 1st Anniversary Exhibition, Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

  1991 7th Triennale, India

  1988-89 Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

 

Honours and Awards

 

  1993 National Award For Painting

  1988-89 Biennale Award, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  1988-89 National Award for Art Direction of Film ‘Daasi’

  1985 Award from Hyderabad Art Society, Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy

  1982-83 Award from Hyderabad Art Society, Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy

  1979 ‘Mahakoshal Kala Samithi’, Madhya Pradesh

  1979 Award from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1979 Award from Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore

  1975-77 Second Award from Hyderabad Art Society, Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy

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