Sridhar Poluru (b. 1968)

After his B.Sc., and B.F.A. from Andhra University where he distinguished himself with a University first rank, Sridhar worked at Kanoria Center for Arts,Ahmedabad.He has participated in many group shows and camps, a few of them being – GroupShow organized by HSBC, Ahmedabad, 2009; Art camp and show at Diu, 2008;Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2002 – Vojous; Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 2008-Windows; Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai-Treasures of the south, and so on. He hasalso participated in camps, like the 18th All India art contest conducted by SouthCentral Zone cultural center, Nagpur, 2004; Exhibition for Earthquake victimsof Maharashtra Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Workshop on Creativity-I.T.C., I.L.T.D.Division, Guntur; and the 6th Rashtriya Kala Mela-Madras-by Lalit Kala Academy,New Delhi, 1993.His solo exhibitions include, Solo Exhibition “Flame & Flower” at Apparao Galleries,Chennai, 2009; “JAGRUTI: An Awakening Power” at Shridharani Art Gallery, NewDelhi, 2009; Solo Exhibition of paintings at Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2004; SoloExhibition of charcoal drawings at Contemporary art gallery, Ahmedabad, 2003;and Display of Drawings-NIFT, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, 1993, to name just a few.His work can been collected avidly by many corporates, Galleries, consulates andprivatre individuals the world over.Thota Vaikuntam (b. 1942)Born in Andhra Pradesh, T. Vaikuntam did a Diploma in Painting at the College ofFine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad, in 1970, and then another in Painting andPrintmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda,in 1972. Earthy imagery, bright colors, rural ambience and sensibility – all theseimbue this veteran artist’s canvases with a unique Indian-ness. Vaikuntam’s rootsare in Andhra Pradesh, and he finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state.Human figures, especially Telengana women are his favorite and very recognizable,subjects.This focus could be because, as a child, he was taken up by the male artists whoused to play female characters in the travelling theatre groups that performed inhis village. He found the women of his village very sensuous, a quality that he keepsrepeatedly to reproduce on canvas. His early work was overtly sexual, in fact. Helikes using rich primary colours, which give a sense of character and depth to hispaintings – like reds, saffron and orange, essentially Indian colours.

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