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Art/Painting of Artist U Vijay Kumar, Andhra Pradesh, India

About Visual Artist U Vijay Kumar

Andhra Pradesh, India

2001 - Gold Medal in Diamond Jubilee Year All India Art Exhibition, Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad 
1997 - State Level Art Exhibition, Sri Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad
1987 - All India Youth Art Exhibition, Commemorating Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Year at Calcutta 

1995-97 Junior fellowship (Visual Arts) Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, New Delhi
1985-87 Fellowship by Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
1984-85 Higher Education Scholarship by A.P. State LKA, Hyderabad
1983-84 Best Student Scholarship (Faculty of Fine Arts), Urja Trust, Baroda
1980-85 Merit Scholarship, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
1979-83 Professional Studies Scholarship by H.E.H. the Nizam’s Charitable Trust, Hyderabad

1993 - ‘Inner Turmoil’ at MMB, Hyderabad
1991 - ‘Roaring Silence’ at Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 
1988 - At Sridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
1987 - MMB, Hyderabad
1987 - Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad

2019 -‘Krishnachura’ Stainless Art Gallery New Delhi, ‘Kritagya 1991’ Emotions through the body at Rajeshwar Rao Art Gallery, ‘12x12’ at Pegasus Art Gallery, Hyderabad, ‘REVIVATAK’ at Faculty of Fine Arts, Art Gallery, Baroda
2018 -‘SURVIVAL’ International Art Festival in Cansoria Contemporary Art Museum at Naples, Italy, ‘TRINAYANA’, Godess Durga at Pegasus Art Gallery, Hyderabad, International Artist Grand Prize Competition at Art Revolution Taipei, TAIWAN, ‘FRENCH CONNECTION’ An Indo-French Art Exhibition at Joyess Art Gallery, ‘COLOUR SPECTRA’ National Art Show at ICCR Art Gallery, ‘PETALS’ - An International Art Show by Global Artists Group at State Art Gallery, ‘WAVES ACROSS’ an International Show at State Art Gallery, Hyderabad 
2017 - ‘THE QUEST OF DELIGHT’ by TAA at Ailamma Art Gallery, ‘INARA’ by Varied Strokes at Mercedes Showroom - Silver Star, ‘ELIXIR OF VIOICES’ Women’s Day at Alimma Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 
2016 - ‘SALAAM TELANGANA-2’ at State Art Gallery, ‘Rein Reign Rain-Mansoon Show at Aliamma Art Gallery, ‘Platinum Jubilee’ at State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 
2015 - ‘Art @ Telangana’ at Salar Jung Museum & Hotel Marriot, Hyderabad 
2009 - at Taj Krishna, by HAS, 
2007 - ‘Look Again’ at Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad
2005 - ‘Pandit Satwalekar Pratishtan’ at Bala Gandharva Art Gallery, PUNE, ‘Humming Hues’ at Gallery Space, Hyderabad, 
2001 - ‘STIMULUS’ at Daira Center for Art & Culture, Hyderabad
2000 - Annual Show at Birla Akademi of Fine Arts, Mumbai
1998 - ‘Group-5’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai ‘Black & White’ at Minaz Art Gallery, Hyderabad, ‘Form and Space’ by ICCR at Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad
1996 - ‘Regional Art Exhibition’ by LKA at Regional Art Centre, Chennai
1994 - ‘Group-5’ at The Heritage Art Gallery, Chennai, 
1993 - ‘Group - 5’ at Sarala’s Art Centre, Chennai, ‘Varinika 93’ Retrospect 50 years of Art Movement in Hyderabad by SPA at MMB&AF, Hyderabad 
1991 - ‘A Collector’s Choice’ by SPA at Hotel Sarovar, Hyderabad ‘Images and Words’ Artists against Communalism by SAHMAT, New Delhi Travel through the country, ‘Group-5’ at Akademy of Fine Arts, Calcutta 
1990 - ‘5 Young contemporaries’ at L.V. Prasad eye Institute & CCMB Hyderabad ‘Nine to Ninety’ 50 Artists of Fame and Promise by Studio one at LKA, New Delhi
1998 - ‘Exposition 88’ by Creative Arts Fund at Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad
1975 - The Art of Three Decades in connection with First World Telugu Conference by AP State LKA, Hyderabad.

2019 - Participated in International Art Workshop & Exhibition at Museum of Islamic Art & Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, by The Embassy of India & Maulana Azad Cultural Centre for Indian Culture, Cairo, Egypt  & SMD Art Foundation, India, Participated in 2nd International Symposium Workshop 'RHYTHM OF THAILAND' Phuket, by DFG/IAU
2018 - 'National Painting   Contest-cum-Workshop' on the theme of Science, Spirituality & Environment on the eve of Global Summit-cum-Expo by Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwaria Vishwa Vidyalaya, at Shantivan Campus, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, 'PUNARKRITI' Art Camp by Hyderabad Arts & Cultural Foundation at Mahila Dakshata Samithi, 'MEET THE ARTIST' an interaction programme for Creative Art students at the   Painting Department, College of Fine Arts, JNAFAU, Hyderabad. 'Himachal Art Festival’ - Art Camp by Himachal State Museum, Shimla, Art Camp at Prantik, Shantiniketan
2017 - Telangana Kala Vaibhavam' an artists camp of 100 Artists in connection with World Telugu Conference  at LB Stadium, HAS & Government of Telangana, 'Let Many Flowers Bloom' an Art Camp at State Art  Gallery by Pegasus Art Foundation, ‘Symphony of Colours’ - National Artists Camp at State Art Gallery by HAS & Govt. of Telangana
2016 - Artists Camp at Dr. M.C.R.HRD Institute of Administration, on  the   occasion   of   40th Anniversary Celebration by HAS, Hyderabad
2015 - Art Camp for Prisons Museum at Sangareddy
2014 - Monsoon Art Camp in Maala, by Prachi Foundation, Udipi, Art @ Telangana - A hundred years of Telangana Art Images of an Identity in Continuous Frisson at Taramati Baradari, Hyderabad 
2008 - 'Livid   Experiences'National Artists Camp at Sapthaparni, by the HAS
2005 - 'Krishna Kriti' National Art Camp - Art & Culture Festival - Lahoti Foundation, Hyderabad
1997 - 'Graphic Workshop’ by Mr. Toni  Martina from London, by College of Fine Arts, JNAFAU, Hyderabad, 1996 All India Artists Camp at Surabhi Educational Society, by LKA, New Delhi and Lanco Industries, Hyderabad
1993 - All India Artists Camp at Sanghi Polyesters Limited, Hyderabad
1992 - All India Artists Camp (Painters) 'Garhi Studios, LKA, New Delhi
1989 - 'The Spirit of Freedom Creative Rendezvous' - An Exposition of Indian Contemporary Art, Artists Camp at CCMB by VST Industries Ltd., Hyderabad
1984 - 'Kalamkari Workshop for Craftsmen and Artists' - Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India and Dept of Painting, M.S. University, Baroda.

1985 M.F.A. (Creative Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts., M.S. University, Baroda 
1983 B.F.A. (Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.

2019 - My Paintings featured in the Art Freaks Global-Art Book along with the artists from 50 countries in the first volume
2014 - Art @ Telangana - documented, one hundred years of contemporary visual art of Telangana & launched a coffee table book by Sri K.T.Rama Rao, Hon'ble Minister, Telangana State at Hotel Marriot, Hyderabad 
1998 - 'Human Form & Art' - a catalogue published in connection with 50th Anniversary of India's Independence by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1990 - A reproduction of the drawing 'Untitled' adored the Brochure Cover of Max Muller Bhavan, Hyderabad
1985 - Representation of nature in Indian Miniature Paintings - A dissertation submitted for the degree of M.A(Fine) Creative Painting Examination, to the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda

Glenbarra Art Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN.
National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi. Art Heritage, New Delhi.
Government Museum & Art Gallery, Chandigarh.
Himachal State Museum, Shimla.
Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.
Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda, Kalarshi, Baroda.
Mr. S.H. Daya, Mumbai.
Prachi Foundation, Udipi A.P. State Lalit Kala Akademi
State Contemporary Arts Museum
Max Muller Bhavan, Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology
L.V.Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad
Central University College of Fine Arts & Architecture (JNTU)
Andhra Pradesh Police Akademi, Prisons Dept., Govt. of Telangana
Pregasus Art Foundation, Sanghi Group of Industries, M.C.R. Human Resources Development Institute, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of Telangana
State Art Gallery,' A.P. State LKA, HAS, Hyderabad.
Lalit Kala Samithi, Siddipet.
Chitra Kala Samsad, Machilipatnam.
And many private and individual collections in India and Abroad.

For the past 30 years, have been involved with students of diverse background and varying age groups, teaching them the rudiments and nuances of art, drawing and painting. Have been interacting with Senior as well as contemporary artists from different genres, practicing with various media and contemporary artists from different genres, practicing with various media and focusing on a variety of themes. This has imbibed in me a deep insight to view art in its entirety with a holistic approach. Besides, I have been guiding art enthusiasts and learners on the basic aspects as also advanced techniques of art, drawing and painting. I continue to mentor budding artists. Have conducted art workshops and co-ordinated in art shows and events. Assessing and reviewing art works and art studies have been a part of my work profile. 

My Guru Sri Narendra Rai launched my Studio TAPAS in the presence of Prof. RC Sharma on the auspicious occasion of Ugadi-Vikari Nama Samvatsara on April 6, 2019. 

Let me give vent to my pent-up feelings and spell out what I have been attempting at. My pre-occupation with paintings, which is sometimes erroneously dubbed as surrealism and fantasy, is to make an attempt to relate my subjective experience in relation to my surroundings and situations. Confronted with the challenging situations and domineering beastly instincts, human mind in its process of evolution, experiences an ever-raging conflict as to whether to yield to it or face and fight it out, to cross the barriers of Time and Space, with an urge to explore the unexplored to attain 'Freeness' to merge with 'Panchabhootams'. 

-U Vijay Kumar


The vast pulsating pictorial terrains of U Vijay Kumar’s work are not mere representations of nature but his inner chaos of existence. He tried to express some of his deep-rooted feelings through drawing and painting Nature. The mysterious protagonists in his paintings are often shown in a dialogue with their counterparts creating a dramatic symphony of real and unreal. Vijay’s quest for the ‘sublime’ and the ‘intangible real of the reality’ will continue along with his search to understand the complexities of the human mind.

After graduating from M.S University, Baroda, he continued to exhibit his work in several one-man shows and over 35 group shows across India. Vijay mostly uses oil on canvas as his media to bring out the vibrancy in his paintings.



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