Artist - T Vaikuntam

Emami Art proposes a series of works by the Hyderabad-based eminent painter Thota Vaikuntam. One of the most significant figures of Indian modern art, Vaikuntam is known for his unique style of vibrant, colourful painting, inspired by the rural life of Telangana, that he has been closely associated with. In an ornate, stylized manner, Vaikuntam represents the men and women of Telengana, capturing the essence of their physical beauty as well as their culture, tradition, dreams and myths. Like the powerful work by Ravinder Reddy and Jogen Chowdhury, which are part of our ensemble booth at the art fair, this singular body of Vaikuntam’s canvas paintings highlights, explores and extends our central thematic idea of vernacular cosmopolitanism, the eclectic aesthetic equation made between the locational or regional specificity of culture and Internationalism of art.

Thota Vaikuntam

Eminent Indian artist, Thota Vaikuntam was born in 1942 in Boorugupalli, a village in Telangana, India. He studied painting at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad and later, painting and printmaking at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda. He is widely known for his sensuous portrayal of the colourful, elaborately dressed traditional village women with their large vermillion bindis on the forehead. In portraying the provincial men and women, he succeeds in inscribing the regional identities and traditional aesthetics in the expanding space of global modernism of art.

Thota Vaikuntam held his first solo show at Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad, in 1973 and since then has participated in numerous solo and group shows at the various art galleries in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and some other major cities of India. His work has also been widely exhibited at the foreign art galleries in Singapore, New York and Dubai. He has received many awards including the National Award for painting and Biennale Award from Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.

He lives and works in Hyderabad.