A conceptual abstract painter based in Hyderabad, Kandunoori Venkatesh creates works of art based on social causes. He said art is the best way to express feelings. In his recent works, Venkatesh has depicted the Ramayana through an abstract painting technique.
Kandunoori Venkatesh is an abstract conceptual painter hailing from Mahabubabad district of Telangana and currently living in Hyderabad.
He said his passion for painting started at a young age. “I have been passionate about painting since I was very young. I started by drawing and painting portraits of people and over time I was inspired by many artists and their works.”
An art enthusiast, Venkatesh graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a postgraduate degree with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA).
He claimed he has done over 1000 paintings to date. “I have done over 1000 paintings on canvas so far, most of which are conceptual abstract paintings using mostly Indian colors. My paintings include portraits, social cause paintings and mostly abstract paintings.”
When asked about the inspiration for his paintings, Venkatesh said he was inspired by social issues. “Since childhood, I have been very sensitive to social issues. To express my feelings and emotions, I turned to painting and creating works of art,” Venkatesh said.
Venkatesh, being a great devotee of Lord Rama, has recently created an artwork depicting the story of Ramayana and his characters using the technique of abstract painting.
He said, “I am a devotee of Lord Rama. So that’s when I decided to paint the whole story of the Ramayana and its characters on canvas using the technique of abstract painting. “
He said he would like to donate this Ramayana painting to the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust after having it autographed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I plan to submit this painting to the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. I consider this as my contribution to the construction of the ‘Ram Mandir’ in Ayodhya. Before handing it over to the trust, I am prepared to have it autographed by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India,” he said.
He further stated that he created an artwork about the evolution of the earth and life on it, on a 9 x 11 foot canvas. He said the paintings depict the whole process of the evolution of life and the earth from the very beginning. The painting also contains portraits of some of the famous scientists, from Charles Darwin to Einstein and many more.
Venkatesh has previously been appreciated for his sketch of famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Venkatesh said, “The portrait of Sachin Tendulkar that I made depicts his life and the milestones that he passed through. I created the portrait in 2010.”
He said he was able to collect 150 autographs from famous people around the world on the portrait of Sachin Tendulkar.
“For 10 years I have been collecting autographs of 100 international cricketers and over 50 legendary personalities of India. My portraits have been signed by Lata Mangeshkar, APJ Abdul Kalam, Amitabh Bachchan and many more,” said he declared.
Apart from painting, Venkatesh has run a charitable trust under the name “Living Heart Charitable Trust” since 2014.
“Since childhood, I have faced many financial problems and there are many others in our society who face many problems. So, I thought of giving back in a way that I Money I earn from painting, some of it is used to help others. As part of the charity, I pay school fees for poor children and during the flood. from Hyderabad in 2020, I helped people with food and supplies. Even during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, I was able to help people with basic needs,” he added .
He added that if he is able to inspire at least one person through his paintings, it will make him more than happy. He also said he wanted to be one of the best painters in the country.
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