About the Artist

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

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

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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 form of art called ‘Realism’.
  • Working as a Visiting Professor in Design Dept. of  WOXSEN University, Hyderabad
  • Working as ‘Graphite Realist’ over 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.
  • A Solo show in Tampa, FL, USA – May, 2022
  • A solo show in Clearwater, FL, USA – May 2022
  • An All-India group show in State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 17th Anniversary of SGA – January, 2020
  • A group show in State Art Gallery, Hyderabad – November, 2020
  • 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, Bangalore – 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 by 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 Realistic Arts in India.

66 thoughts on “About the Artist

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


    1. 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.


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


  4. 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.


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


  6. 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..



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


  8. 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 ?


  9. I like your self diagnosis of your natural instinct and developing in it. Being a soft ware engineer, it is rare to have drawing skill & spirituality by realism towards divinity .Congrats. -Keep it up .Lord shiva may bless you.–Anumula krushna murthy-Gazetted head master,warangal.


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