Born 1940, Andhra Pradesh, India

Laxma Goud is recognized for his graceful, yet powerful line drawings, etchings and watercolors. Born in Nizampur, Andhra Pradesh in 1940, he earned a diploma in drawing and painting from the Government College of Art and Architecture, Hyderabad, in 1963. Goud later studied mural painting and printmaking at M.S. University, Baroda. By the late 1960s, Goud had developed a distinct style with finely chiseled, yet pliant lines and delicate washes of color that he used to depict man's interaction with nature.

According to Goud, 'there is eroticism in nature itself." Humor, earthiness and vitality emerge as Goud transforms the characters of his works - man into goat, goat into woman, and man and woman peer lustfully at each other. Goud also explores man's connection to his environment. From men, women, goats, huts to vegetation, Laxma's simple images reflect an idyllic reality that is slowly being threatened by urbanisation. The works recreate the rural landscape as if it is frozen in time. The color, innocence, simplicity, flora and fauna are indicative of the bucolic naivety.
Apart from Goud's great narrative ability, the artist's remarkable skill and sophistication in handling his medium (pencil or brush) are evident. A master draughtsman, Goud is a versatile printmaker and painter and has worked in a variety of mediums: etching, gouache, pastel and grass paintings. Incisiveness, hatched lines and a keen eye for detail have been his trademark forte. He was a favored artist by the Herwitzes and was the most represented artist in their collection.

The artist lives and works in Hyderabad.


1963-65 Post-Diploma in Mural Painting and Printmaking, Faculty of Fine arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (Student of Prof. K. G. Subramanyan)
1957-62 Diploma (Drawing and Painting), Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad (1963)

Select Solo Exhibitions

2016 An Inner Retrospective, A Solo by K. Laxma Goud, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
2012 I want to Seduce with My Line, K. Laxma Goud: Etchings, Drawings, Watercolour, Pen and Ink, Acrylic, Sculptures and Mixed Media Works Period 1967-2011 at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Art Musings, Mumbai
Everyday Life, Focus Art Gallery, Chennai
2009 Laxma Goud: Solo Exhibition, Aicon Gallery, London
Gallerie 88, Kolkata
2008 Water Colour, Drawings, Intaglio, Etchings and Sculptures, Indian Contemporary Art (ICA), Jaipur
Intalgio Prints 2007, Gallery Space, Hyderabad
Recent Works by K. Laxma Goud, Sumukha Gallery, Chennai
2007 Laxma Goud 40 years: A Retrospective, Aicon Gallery, New York
2006 Sculptures, Bronze and Terra-cottas, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Recent Terracotta, Ceramic, Bronze Sculptures, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2003 Aicon Gallery, New York
Early Works, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001-02 Grey Art Gallery, New York
1991 The Gallery, Chennai
1985 Lalit Kala Akademi. New Delhi
1982 Royal Academy, London
1976 Black Partridge Gallery, New Delhi
1975-76 Hamburg, Germany
1974 Surya Gallerie, Friensheim, West Germany
1973 Andsell Gallery, London
1972 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1965-67 Kalabhavan, Hyderabad

Select Group Exhibitions

2016 The Naked and the Nude, DAG Modern, Mumbai
Nizams of Art, Sachit Art, Delhi
2015 Remembering M. V. Devan, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, Durbar Hall Art
Centre, Kochi
Mini-Print Goa 2015,
2014 Of Forms and Fantasies, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
Ode to Monumental: Celebration, Visuality, Ideology', presented by
Saffronart at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery,
Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art, Apprao Galleries, Chennai
2013 The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art, Delhi Art Gallery,
New Delhi
2012 Diva, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Metallurgy, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata
2011-12 Reprise 2011, Aicon Gallery, New York
2011 States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day, Aicon Gallery, London
Anecdotes, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue
Art, Singapore
Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 Dali's Elephant, Aicon Gallery, London
The Living Insignia, Gallery Ensign, New Delhi
Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde, Aicon Gallery,
New York
Black is Beautiful, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Essential, Eclectic,...Ephemeral, The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata
Black is Beautiful, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Master’s Corner, organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir
Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi
Contemporary Printmaking in India, presented by Priyasri Art Gallery,
Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
Manifestations IV, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Mark of Masters -2, Art and Soul, Mumbai
In Search of the Vernacular, Aicon Gallery, New York
Sacred and Secular, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
The Root of Everything, Gallery Mementos, Bangalore
Gallery Space, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Moderns and More, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
With Viraj Naik at Gallery Mementos, Bangalore
2008-09 Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art, Traveling Exhibition
presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala
Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery,
Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir Sports Hall,
Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya
Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune;
Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik
2008 Summer collection, works by modern and contemporary south Asian artists,
Aicon Gallery, London
X at the rate of Jehangir, presented by Art Musings at Jehangir Art Gallery,
1 x I Art Gallery, Dubai
Harvest 2008, organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi
2007 From the Vault, Aicon Gallery, London and New York
High on Art, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Mumbai
Pursuit Sculpture, Galerie 88, Kolkata
17th Anniversary Show, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
An Evening in Paris…Rome…London, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
Colors of Art, presented by Galerie Sara Arakkal and Gallery Art Resource
Trust at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
The Workshop, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Look Again, Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad
2006 Drawing Show an Act of Art II, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
The Naked Line: Drawings by 12 Artists, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
Tangibles, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
Back to the Future, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2005 Change of Address, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2001 The Active Line: Five Idioms of Drawing, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Drawings, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Wounds, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National
Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) New Delhi
1986 Contemporary Art of India: The Herwitz Collection, Worcester Art Museum,
1986 Indian Art Tomorrow, Philips Collection, Washington D.C.
1985 Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York
1982 Royal Academy of Art, London
1977 São Paulo Biennale, Brazil

Honours and Awards

2016 The Padma Shri, Padma Awards, India
2015 Telangana State Award
Prafulla Dahanukar Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Gagan Abani Puraskar from Vishwa Bharati University Shantiniketan for
outstanding contribtution to art
1971 Gold Medal, Annual Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Andhra Pradesh
1969 Gold Medal, Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad
1968 Silver Medal, Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad
1966-70 Award, Annual Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Andhra Pradesh
1962 Award, Annual Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Andhra Pradesh