Constantly immediate and with raw openness, T. Venkanna creates new art for a new world. His storytelling takes various forms through constellations of images, collage, pastiche, the recourse to allegory, metaphor – all ways of thinking-in-pictures, from which understanding emerges without having to be expounded.
The predominant subject in Venkanna’s works has been sexual imagination, which questions and confronts the way sexuality is understood and defined by society. Continuous persistence with this subject has stimulated his interest to explore image making in all kinds of medium as per the subject’s requirement with complete freedom and ease.
Venkanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda and Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad where he was awarded a Gold medal. The artist was shortlisted for the SKODA prize in 2010 and 2012. His works are in major collections including the Charles Saatchi collection (UK), the Burger Collection (Switzerland/Hong Kong), Swagemakers collection (Netherlands) and many more in America, Japan, Russia Europe and India. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.
This artist bio has been sourced from T. Venkanna biography on Gallery Maskara .