Rajeshwara Rao was born in 1960, in Vizaingaram. With a Bachelor’s degree at Andhra University, Waltair in 1983 and his Master’s degree at Central University, Hyderabad, in 1990. Rao has participated in several solo and group shows, during his formative years at Sakshi Art Gallery in Mumbai and Bangalore and later with Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2008 and 2002; He participated in ‘Human Form and Art’ at Lalit Kala Akademi, in 2000; Birla Academy of art in 2009; 12 Contemporary Artists of India. Daira, Hyderabad in 2009; Think small at Art Alive, New Delhi in 2009; and Hyderabad –Telling it like it is – The Indian story at The Gallery at 28 Cork Street, London by Gallery Espace and Ganges Art Gallery. He has attended several art camps and has participated in a ew Online fund raising shows for COVID-19. He writes about his artwork, “People have been my muses – always. The labyrinth of external resource- just superficial amazes me. Soaking in the pleasures, desires, wants and needs of the maze of people around me and who I come across, I celebrate their appearances, their happiness – their courage to flaunt, decipher themselves with an new abandon thrashing their inhibitions if any and creating cervixes in the social milieu to fit into the ‘high society’. Pretensions are a need here that alternate into a necessity. I am concerned with the ‘high’ of these pretensions – so what if one loses oneself in the muddle of confusions and un-understandability over the time. That would be an entirely different canvas – maybe later. I am like a mediator – a felicitator between the situation and the people in it. Relying more on my photographic memory I explicitly carry out the snapshot without telling stories and refraining from the formal narrative. A take off from the new found riches of the illiterate landlords, the glitzy TV serials, professionals released from the cocoons of traditionalist and village upbringing, the gullible young men and woman profusely trying to fit into the ‘elite’ – The need to identity change, the need of the unnecessary, the compulsive metamorphosis-resulting in a new aesthetics fascinate me, turning the frightening consumerism into an amusement rather than a negativity to reckon with. The raw passion intoxicates me to delve into their physical persona and a little on their reveler psyche – in turn allowing myself to indulge on their intemperance. It is totally Indian.