From the Streets of Kadirenigudem
Laxman Aelay was born in 1964, when India was in its infancy of being an independent country. He was born in Kadirenigudem, a remote village to a weaver ,Narmasimha.
He started his career as a signboard artist for movies. And he gradually moved to a prominent newspaper, Eenadu and worked as an illustrator. After some time as an illustrator, due to a high demand of his illustrative works, he quit his job to become a designer for film posters. During this time, he designed many many posters including Rangeela.
Eventually,his true calling found him. He enrolled in a full-fledged Bachelor’s program in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University College of Fine Arts, one of the foremost art colleges in fine arts.
He went on to get Masters from JNTU later on.
Life quickly changed for Aelay after his first Solo Show titled “Images of Kadirenigudem.”People started identifying his style, his unique folk renderings of local people, and all the effort he has spent in developing a unique style has finally paid off.
There is an unadulterated beauty for Laxman’s paintings whose imagery is often of Telangana People’s lives. His paintings are both sketchy and hyper-realistic. In both the styles, Laxman displays great skill, great restrain and technique.
Most of his paintings are scenes from his rural background that he witnessed as a child, or over a period of time. In most of his works, a distinct festive mode comes through, sometimes even a few socio-political issues are highlighted. His signature style highlights the lifestyle of people, detailed garments, ornaments etc.
His paintings evoke a sense of melancholy, and the beauty in the innocent lives of rural folks can hardly be missed out. He focuses on the minutest moments of the rural life that are often ignored.
He has also participated in films such as “Hole”, “Jatara”, “Bathukamma” and “MandahelchulaKatha” to his credit. He had many many solo-shows including his iconic “Images of Kadirenigudem”, and “Songs of the Village” at Apparao Gallery in 2005, “The River Underneath” at India Fine Art, Mumbai in 2008.
In a rising crescent for his career, he has recently designed the emblem of Telangana. And he is being hailed by all as the best artist that Telangana has seen in years.