B. 1940

Hailing from a rural background in Andhra Pradesh, Laxma Goud did a diploma in painting and drawing from the Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture in Hyderabad, and a post-diploma from M. S. University, Baroda. The shift to Baroda made him sensitive to the uniqueness of his rural heritage. By the late Sixties, he had evolved a distinct style that reflected a pan-natural sexuality seen in terms of spontaneous, uninhibited passions, unfettered by the puritanical ethics of the urban middle class. The erotic indulgence highlighted by the intermingling of male and female, vegetal and animal forms along with a direct rural simplicity charged his works with a palpable sensuousness. Drawing upon the potent energy of his rural background, Goud was able to embed those childhood memories and tribal vivacity within an urban framework.

A master draughtsman, Goud pioneered the art of printmaking and painting, excelling in the handling of a variety of mediums – whether watercolour, gouache, dry pastels, clay or metal. Outside India, Laxma Goud’s works feature in the collections of the Masanori Fukuoka and Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan, and The Philips Collection, Washington D. C. He won numerous awards from the Lalit Kala Akademi in the Sixties and Seventies, and lives and works in Hyderabad.