K Laxma Goud
K. Laxma Goud was born in 1940, Nizampur, Medak district in Telangana. He is an Indian painter, printmaker, and draughtsman who works in a variety of mediums including etching, gouache, pastel, sculpture and glass painting. he obtained a diploma in painting after 5 years of study. In 1963, he reached Baroda where he was exposed to contemporary art while learning traditional fresco techniques. Goud was known for his depiction of eroticism in his works from early drawings which is consistent and clear since the beginning of his career in the 1970s. This obsession with the erotic can be traced back to his life in the village where his response to the erotic experience is most sensitive and vivid.
Laxma Goud began to interpret his childhood memories of rural and tribal vivacity through an urban grid in which surreal, libidinal tones mingled with fantasy and poetry. He created masterful small paintings of village life in a palette of monochrome grays. He also drew in pen and ink, and his drawings and etchings from this period are an interesting combination of village nostalgia, the surreal, and the erotic. By the 1970s Goud began to explore aquatint in his etchings and also more intensely sexual themes. But by the 1980s the artist seemed to return to more traditional roots, exploring various craft forms such as terracotta and reverse glass painting in a more subdued and decorative style.
The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 2016.