Artist Profile


Akhilesh was born in Indore. His father was an art teacher in Madhya Pradesh. Akhilesh consciously resisted all attempts at becoming an artist initially but the final year of school saw his resolve weakening. He later moved to Textile Designing. Shifted to Bhopal. Lives and works in Bhopal.


  • Completed his National Diploma in Fine Arts, Indore.


1976, 84, 87 Solo exhb., Indore. 1976 Youth Artists` Exhb., Bhopal. 1978, 86 Solo exhb., Bhopal. 1978, 85 National Kala Mela, New Delhi. 1979 Solo exhb., New Delhi. 1982, 84, 86 Raza Award Exhb., Bhopal. 1984 Black Group Exhb., Bhopal and Indore. 1985 All India Exhb., Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. 1986, 88 Solo exhb., Bombay. 1986 Greeshma Kala Mela, Indore. 1987 Black Group Exhb., Bhopal. 1987 Fine Arts from Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi. 1988 Seventeen Indian Painters, Bombay. 1988 2nd Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. 1989 Artists Alert, New Delhi. 1989 Indian Eclectics, organised by the French Embassy, New Delhi. 1990 Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. 1990 Tenth One Man Show of Paintings, Sakshi Gallery, Madras. 2002 Solo exhb., Alliance Franoise, Bhopal.


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. HUDCO, New Delhi. Madhav Nair Foundation, Mumbai. CCMB, Hyderabad. CMC, New Delhi. Xal Praxis Foundation, Mumbai. NCZCC, Allahabad. L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Asian Art Centre, Maryland. Chester Herwitz Collection, USA. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, New Delhi. Lal Baugh Palace, Indore. Vidhan Sabha Bhavan, Bhopal. IPCL, Baroda. MSIL, Bangalore. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1976 Award, Yuva Kalyan Kendra, Bhopal. 1976 Kalidas Academy, Ujjain. 1977 Camlin Award, Bombay. 1984 Received the State Award. 1990 Awarded at Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. 1994, 95 Received Senior Artist Fellowship, Govt. of India. 2002 Received Raza Foundation Award.


Akhilesh belongs to the breed of artists who come from the provincial towns of India - rooted in traditions and sporting a fresh outlook. He has been influenced by tribal and folk traditions of Madhya Pradesh; at the same time being aware of the trends in the Art World. His paintings appear to be a collection of beginnings. But there are no ends. His work gives a feeling of being left unfinished and yet it does not seem incomplete. It is not possible to look at it in terms of a beginning leading to an end. The way he uses lines may lend certain linearity to his work but these lines seem to melt into the canvas, refusing to lend typical linear characteristics to his work. His paintings appear to be full of freshness and the colors resonate with emotions. He does not delve into virginal territory. Rather he sticks to familiar ground. It is his method of translating familiar territory on to canvas that imparts an individual characteristic to his work. His paintings do not scream for atten.