Biography of Valluri Venkata Swamy

“Art, if it is to be reckoned as one of the great values of life, must teach humility, tolerance, wisdom and magnanimity. The value of Art is not beauty, but right action.” - Anon

Historic importance is that I have been born during the transition period of Indian Art being freed from the shackles of its deep rooted traditional background under a group of influential artists, to experimental abstract styles, way back in the forties.

Inherited art from my father, Late Sri V.Venkateswarlu an eminent artist of Andhra Pradesh, I started drawing and painting in traditional styles during my childhood, though my father never wanted me to become an artist. Perhaps, knowing the problems being faced by the artists in those days. However, the creative bug never allowed me to sleep and my voyage thus continued taking up painting during night times, when every body slept.

With my rural back ground, pencil drawings and paintings of my earlier days reflected  colour and form influenced by rural environment. I painted what I saw and Inspired me. Rustic men, women, animals, flora and fauna, love, joys and sorrows. My compositions were created with keen observation and clear vision depicting human drudgery, traditions and customs, fairs and festivals.

As I grew up and settled in the Historic City of Hyderabad, my association and interaction with artists fraternity has enlarged my vision to a wider canvas to do contemporary subjects. Since then, I have been working on a number of themes both in traditional and contemporary. Some of the distinctive features my works have are:

• Use of a range of primary colours as I identified my paintings with colour.
• Reflecting the body of work figurative in nature with semi-abstract minimal forms.
• Creating a series of paintings on any theme rather than one single work.