Thota Vaikuntam

Thota Vaikuntam is a popular Indian artist, hailing from Burugupalli, Karimnagar District, Telangana. Vaikuntam studied Diploma in Painting (1965-70), from the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad. Also, Painting and Printmaking (1971-72), from the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (On a Lalit Kala Academy Fellowship from Andhra Pradesh). He was under the tutelage of renowned Indian artist, K. G. Subramanyan, at Baroda.

Vaikuntam paints colorful and elaborately dressed Telangana men and women. His muse is the sensuous and voluptuous women of Telangana with their omnipresent vermilion bindis, draped in colorful sarees that highlight their dusky skin.

His painting`s stylization is a perfect foil to Indian classical dance as the figures seem to dance, like a statuesque movement, reminiscent of temple friezes, following their creator. He uses reds and yellows to the best, as they fill the small format of his paintings draped in bright Sircilla saris, the simple women become larger than life.

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
Works on Majcaka
Total Shows

Major shows

  • 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 - ‘Nalupu 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

Works in focus

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