About the Artist

The purpose of ART is to experience the ‘bliss’, which is the food for soul.” 

                                                                                                                                               — Me

Venu Madhav Vodnala – A self-taught, art aficionado by passion.

My constant quest is to bring out the ‘soul’ of the subject with pencil/charcoal, which retains what it is, as well as adding my own perspective and flavor to it. This form of art is called ‘Graphite Realism’.

Many wonderful artists inspired me & the most influential was Sir Armin Mersmann (http://www.arminmersmann.com). His works always rekindle the passion within me to work more passionately & experience the bliss which is the food for my soul.

All my works have been chosen by virtue of either by their beauty, intricacy, challenge, divinity, elegance or by their legendary attitude.

I feel my work gets chosen & appreciated because the subject’s beauty is brought forth in all senses.

All my works are original, without any printing, photo manipulation or duplication. Every piece of work delivered from me, is a unique piece made by my hand with no technicalities involved, is an epitome of pure traditional art.

Art for art’s sake – My work portfolio is unique in multiple ways, pure without any technicalities involved & carries a part of me 🙂

Unlike many artists whose expertise is limited to few domains, I’m fortunate to choose the wide gamut of subjects & instill life.

I’m a Principal Instructor in Fine Arts & teach my students who are Artists, Art Teachers, Architects, Professionals like Doctors, Scientists etc., students from various backgrounds & anyone who is aspiring to become an artist or anyone who can thoroughly enjoy learning & practicing  this traditional from of art.

I teach all mediums of drawing/painting & focus more on each individual to develop a devotion towards the classical from of art called ‘Realism’.

  • Working as ‘Graphite Realist’ from last 15 years
  • Been conducting several professional workshops throughout India
  • Working as a visiting faculty in International schools at Hyderabad
  • Working as a Corporate trainer in renowned MNC s
  • Training thousands of students all over the globe
  • Exhibited my works in prestigious international convention centers & conferences
  • Have participated in many solo & group shows all over India.
  • An exclusive show in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai – Feb., 2020
  • Conducted an exclusive show with all the alumni students of my Atelier in CKP, Bangalore – Nov., 2019
  • INDIA ART FEST Group show, Mumbai – January 2019
  • Group show in CKP, Banglaore – September 2018
  • Won the ‘Most Appreciated & Best Paintings’ Award in Bangalore – October 2018
  • Group show by Artatdoor at Vagator, Goa – October 2017
  • Won the ‘Most Appreciated & Best Paintings’ Award in Goa – October 2017
  • Conducted a workshop, for 150+ qualified Art Teachers from International schools of AP & TG states sponsored by Faber-Castell, Hyderabad – November 2016
  • International group show in ‘State Art Gallery’, Hyderabad –  October 2016
  • ‘Black & White Show, a group show in ‘Venkatappa Gallery’,Bangalore – October 2016
  • Group show in ‘MUSE Gallery’, Hotel Marriott, Hyderabad – November 2015
  • Group show in ‘State Art Gallery’, Hyderabad – February 2014
  • Group show in ‘State Art Gallery’, Hyderabad – October 2013
  • Solo Art Exhibition & Workshop in Delhi – January 2013
  • Group show in ‘World Telugu Conference’ – December 2012
  • Solo Art Exhibition & workshop at Ella Hotels – October 2012
  • Group show in ‘Bio-Diversity Conference’ – October 2012
  • Solo Art show in NOVOTEL, Hyderabad – Feb 2012 – Mar 2012
  • Solo Art show at HICC, HITEX, Hyderabad – September 2011
  • My students bagged gold medals in various national competitions
  • Been serving an MNC, with more 75000 employees, as an official partner of                  ‘Client Managing Program’
  • B.Tech graduate from JNTU with CSIT (1999-2003) as the major.
  • To establish a World-Class Academy of Realism in India.


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59 thoughts on “About the Artist

    Pradip said:
    November 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    OMG….too good bro 🙂


      Tiki Kritzer Seger said:
      December 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Incredible work Venu – you belong with the greats. Your work inspires creativity and requires an emotional response; that is the best acclaim that I can give 🙂


        Madhav VV responded:
        December 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

        Thanks for you compliments. I’m gald you liked my works 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      Madhav VV responded:
      January 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Thank you 🙂


        MA RIZWANPASHA said:
        September 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

        Its really appreciable talent very few show interest in such skill work and very few success


    Vijayant said:
    December 30, 2013 at 7:46 am

    It’s truly amazing to see the kind of skill that you have developed all by yourself. Hat’s off to all the dedication and hardwork that you put in it. It is really extra ordinary to devote time and be so good in something other than your profession. Sincere wishes to you.


      Madhav VV responded:
      December 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for all your kinds words & wishes. I’m delighted to know you liked my works. Thank you Vijayant.


    Tanvi Kamboj said:
    February 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Ultimate!! beautiful….


      Madhav VV responded:
      February 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks a lot Tanvi 🙂


    Konduru said:
    August 22, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Amazing sketches Venu !!! You are really gifted !!!


      Madhav VV responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you Konduru 🙂


        krishnarao said:
        July 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

        Great work of detailed intricate work.know.very.krishna rao.kurnool.9348611445


        Madhav VV responded:
        July 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Thank you Mr.Krishna Rao.


        Bindu said:
        April 26, 2019 at 9:53 am

        My child is 3 yrs old can she get admission in your Institute


        Madhav VV responded:
        June 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

        Minimum 6th standard is required to attend my sessions. Thanks for your interest.


    Andrea said:
    September 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    There is a lot of power in your drawings, I am impressed! They have something unique, even if the theme is a very well-known photo. Very interesting work process, parts of the drawing are almost finished while the rest of the paper is still completely white.


    Siva said:
    September 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Hi BUDDY……… good to see your COLLECTIONS….though I have many with me saved in my LAPTOP……..


    Deepika said:
    October 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Omg I loved it…. Superrrrrrrr


      Madhav VV responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Deepika.Please get in touch with me if you are interested.


    Venugopalarao said:
    November 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Good work Venu


    swaminath said:
    December 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Great great great Venu neeku neeve saati..sari rau jodevvaru venu neeku


      Madhav VV responded:
      January 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Uncle, that;s mighty nice of you!


    suryadba said:
    January 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Madhav.. Nice to hear that you are taking online training. May I know the link for online training subscription? Its not available on your blog yet?


      Madhav VV responded:
      January 8, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Thank you. I have trainings set up for remote students/aspirants. I do take them on Skype but not integrated in my website for now.

      You can reach me on my mobile for more details. Will try to answer & clarify as many questions/clarifications as I can.


    Ankitha said:
    February 10, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Superb Work sir !!! .. Now i am real interested to know how you mastered this art so naturally…


      Madhav VV responded:
      February 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you Ankitha. You can know & learn about it easily….just join my sessions 🙂


    Srikanth Nizampuram said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Great Work Venu, there are no words to express your creativity….Srikanth N – CSC CSSI


    Ugender Hendiga said:
    July 16, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Superb sir..


    NIKHILAMAR said:
    December 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Good work.its really great we can’t express u r creativity***keep it up….and all d best.


    Rahul said:
    January 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hello sir Can u Pls do a pencil sketch for me
    My whtsapp number 8105704717


    Vertika Jindal said:
    April 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Work of great talent and efforts..really an awesome art ..Congrats Venu Madhav…good luck 👍👍


    Neetu said:
    April 5, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Gr8 art work Venu madhav… M very impressed … So many things to be observe and learn from that…


    Neetu said:
    April 5, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Gr8 art work.. M very impressed.. Lot of things to be observed and learn from that… Really very helpful…


    Madhav VV responded:
    April 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you Neetu 🙂


    Kalyan said:
    June 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    How to enroll?


      Madhav VV responded:
      June 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

      You can very well reach me @91-9989133174 & discuss further on your requirements & then register for the upcoming batch. Thank you for writing to me.


    Prasanna Joshi said:
    August 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Today (10.Aug.2016) I spoke to him and felt extremely privileged. On facebook I keep following pencil sketch artists, Mr. Venu is the only Indian I came across with such a realism work. Great work brother.


      Madhav VV responded:
      August 11, 2016 at 10:38 am

      It’s indeed my pleasure Prasanna 🙂


    Rama said:
    September 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    You are truly amazingly gifted. Sadguru’s sketch is ……….🙏🙏🙏
    Do you take classes? I’m very interested. You are close to divinity. 🙏🙏🙏


      Madhav VV responded:
      September 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Rama, I have mailed you about the batch please revert or call me for more details. Thank you for the wonderful feedback.


    Anil Somaraju said:
    October 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Super Madhav amazing Art done by yourself I thrilled when I saw the sadguru Art in Art gallery on Sunday.


      Madhav VV responded:
      October 25, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Anil, that’s so nice of you to write back to me, even after returning from the gallery!


    Chinnu said:
    December 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    No words Mr. Venu !!
    “WOW” …


    kharashein said:
    February 6, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Hi Madhav..

    I am Rahul ( your CSC colleague Apoorva’s Husband ) ..I have been introduced to your sketches by Apoorva..It’s been great just to look n feel your work.. Wonderful n Mesmerising..My all good wishes in your black n White journey..n thanks for Apoorva’s beautiful sketch..



      Madhav VV responded:
      February 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Rahul & it was my pleasure doing Apoorva’s portrait 🙂


        NEELIMA said:
        May 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

        Spellbound……incredible n amazing work sir….


    H Rashid Iqbal said:
    June 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

    We love you sir. Great artist.


    imran shaik said:
    August 27, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Great Venu, you are “Ekalavya”


      Venu Madhav Vodnala said:
      June 11, 2019 at 8:08 am



    Chandana said:
    March 11, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Amazing work. Would like to know your training schedule.


    Ranjani said:
    May 15, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Superb sir ! As always all works are incredible ! Lots to learn from you. Waiting to get that level of bliss.


    sheetal garg said:
    October 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I want to join your workshop


      Madhav VV responded:
      January 5, 2020 at 10:04 am

      You can reach out to me @9989133174 for more details. You can also follow my updates on FB.


    Sanjay Pangare said:
    February 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Too good Madhav, Madhav VV means Very Very special Madhav. I met him in Jahangir Art gallery in Mumbai. Madhav your art is excellent just not only because you are a great artist but also you r humble and down to the earth. I saw n learn how the artist should be ?


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