Before Laxman Aelay chose to become a professional artist, he was a signboard painter and then a much sought after and respected designer and illustrator of books. His work was highly thought of within Telegu literary circles, but soon the painter in him compelled Aelay to enroll in college for a degree in Fine Arts, even though he had already received a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Laxman Aelay was born in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh in 1964. He received his BA in Painting from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University College of Fine Arts in Hyderabad, and took up full time freelance painting straight after that. Laxman`s paintings are nostalgic, depicting the rural people he grew up amongst. His source of inspiration has been the live of these poverty stricken people from his village - Kadirenigudem. Recently, Aelay switched over from using white, black and shades of gray, which he preferred in his paintings, to using vivid colours to depict flowers, jewellery and traditional clothing. His earlier preference to paint on large sized canvases and papers has also been abandoned, and his latest works are much smaller and compact. Aelay has received international recognition as well as several awards and gold medals for his works. These include an award from the Hyderabad Art Society in 1995. This young and talented artist held his first solo show at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations Art Gallery in Hyderabad in1999. Laxman has participated in several important exhibitions of paintings including `Contemporary Deccan - A New Generation of Artists,` held in Hyderabad in1999 and the 7th Group show at the Surya Art Gallery, Hyderabad in 2000. He has also represented the country in an international exposition organised by TAANA in Chicago, USA in 1995.
• 1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad
• 2006 'Moods and Colors', Fida Art Gallery, Singapore • 2005 'Song of the Village', Apparao Galleries, Chennai • 2004 'Charismatic Contours', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi • 1999 'Images of Kadirenigudem', Indian Council of Cultural Relations(ICCR) Art Gallery, Hyderabad
• 1993 Gold Medal for Painting Competition conducted by Konaseema Chitrakala Parishath, Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh • 1987 Bronze Medal in the Painting Competition conducted by Amateur Artist Association, Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh
All over India and abroad
This artwork is nostalgic, depicting the rural people where the artist grew up
This painting “Song of the village” is an outstanding work by artist Laxman Aelay. He is known for his nostalgic paintings that depict the people that he grew up amongst, in his ancestral village of Kadirenigudem in Telangana. His muse has been the live of poverty stricken people from his village and specific culturality of a village with men, women against the backdrop of their homes. This painting is one of the most recognizable works in black and white compositions, against brightly painted backgrounds such as red, green and yellow. His latest works are monochromatic, much smaller and compact.