Obayya’s works revolve around Kolkata and its experiences. His paintings are knitted with people and their activities in monochromatic color scheme highlighting the subject of prominence.
For Obayya art is a way of expression of experiences & dealings with the ideas of sub-consciousness and consciousness that are transformed from his inner self interacting with sociopolitical matrix within which he exists. He takes subjects from his surrounding society which he experiences daily in his day to day life.
Obayya attained his BFA in Painting from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts,
University of Mysore, Mysore (2009) and MFA in Painting from Rabindra Bharati
University, Kolkata (2014). He has participated in group shows at Art Next Delhi,
Hyderabad (2011), the Nandalal Bose Gallery ICCR, Kolkata (2012), 122nd All India
Annual Art Exhibition, Organized by ‘The Bombay Art Society’ at Jehangir Art
Gallery, Mumbai (2014), 80th All India Exhibition of Arts, Amritsar (2014), an
exhibition held by Kanoria Art Center at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2015), 48th
Annual Exhibition Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata ( 2015), Lalit Kala
Akademi, Chennai (2015), Summer Exhibition held by Kanoria Centre of Arts,
Ahmadabad (2015), CIMA Awards by CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (2015), 49th Annual
Exhibition Birla Academy of Art and Culture Kolkata (2016), Gallery 7, Mumbai
(2016), Edelweiss Palette’16 Art Walk, Mumbai (2016). He has been awarded the
Jury Award for the South Indian Art Show (2015) and Best Painting Award at the
122nd All India Annual Art Exhibition by the Bombay Art Society (2014).
He has remained an artist-in-residence at Kanoria Center for Arts, Ahmadabad (2014-15)
and (2015 – 16) and Hasta Gallery Projects, Mangaluru (2011). He received a grant
from Arnawaz Vasudev Charities, Cholamandal Artist Village, Tamil Nadu (2011).