Title : Song of the village
Painting Type : Pen and ink on canvas
Size : 20'' x 20''
Born in Kadirenigudem village of Telangana, 1964.
Laxman completed his Masters in Painting from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad and worked as an Art director for films. Laxman Aelay is highly reputed artist for his contemporary depictions of the rural Telangana imagery. He is credited with numerous important shows and was part of several art camps held in India and abroad. His men and women in typical Telangana attire proclaim their cultural identity.
His first solo show in 90’s was titled, ‘Images of Kadirenigudem’, on the name of his native village. From then on, the representation of Telangana life in all its vitality and vigor become his personal visual idiom. The paintings at his very recent solo show in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, titled ‘Fellow Travellers’ demonstrate highly skillful renditions of portraits layered with imagery taken from folk arts of Nakashi, Kalamkari, Paithan etc. These larger than life size hyper realistic images of street performers, itinerant bards and tantalizing common people are built and rebuilt over multiple layers of motifs that burst from his subconscious memory revealing predicaments of oppressed communities.
He lives and works in Kadirenigudem village of Telangana, India.