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Thota Vaikuntam

BORN - 1942   Boorugupali Karimnagar Andhra Pradesh 
 
EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
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
 
SOLO EXHIBITION
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
 
GROUP EXHIBITION
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 the 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 Vinyasa 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 Sanskriti 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
 
HONORS AND AWARD
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
 
Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh, in South India, Since childhood, he was obsessed, and fascinated, by the male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the traveling theatre groups that performed in his village. He drew inspiration from their loud make-up and admits finding the women of his village very sensuous and that he only attempts to capture their vibrancy. 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, together with K. Laxma Goud, has elevated the art of his generation to newer heights.
 
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