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Artist Yasala Balaiah

Yasala Balaiah

(1939-2020)

Yasala Balaiah, an established senior artist from Ibrahimpur was born in 1939 and now resides in Hyderabad. After completing his M. A. and B. Ed in Drawing and Painting, he took up a job as an art teacher in 1962. This multi talented artist, who is also an expert at Batik painting, at one time earned himself the nickname β€œBatik Balaiah”, fascinating people all over the world with his dexterous experiments in this medium.

Balaiah is also known for his delightful paintings of Telangana Women, drawn from the beautiful rural backdrop of his native land. His colourful paintings of brightly attired, dark complexioned, straight nosed strong boned Telangana women, captured with a native, native candour brings a refreshing whiff of rural splendour.

Balaiah responds to his native landscape & the people with a completely uncontrived directness. Not analysing, but simply responding with an instinct that is traditional yet contemporary in style.


Today Balaiah has retired from his job as a teacher & has devoted himself to working at his art full time. To his credit, he has participated in many solos, group shows and artist camps. He received many awards, recently receiving the prestigious Veteran Artists award from the AIFACS, New Delhi.

Artist Profile

Education :

  • M. A.
  • B. Ed. Drawing

Awards :

  • 2003 : Highly Commended certificate by the Hyderabad Art Society
  • 2003 : Honoured as a veteran Artist by the Lalit Kala Samithi, Siddipet
  • 2003 : Honoured as a Veteran Artist by the AIFACS, New Delhi - 1
  • 2002 : Highly Commended certificate by the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society State level Competition at Hyderabad.
  • 2001 : Silver Medal from All India Art Competition, Hyderabad Art Society.
  • 1998, 1997 : All India Art Competition Konaseema - Chitrakala Parishad, Amalapuram.
  • 1997 : Lalithakala Kendram, Bapatia, Guntur Dist (A. P.)
  • 1997 : Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad
  • 1996 : All India Art Competition Hyderabad Art Society Award
  • 1994 : Shrama Shakti Title by Gautama Buddha Awards Committee, Hyderabad
  • 1994 : National Award for Teachers by the President of India, New Delhi
  • 1993 : Chitra Kala Praveena Title by Arya Vyshya MahaSabha, Medak Dist
  • 1995, 1990, 1983, 1977, 1972 : Lalitha Kalasamithi, Siddipet Awards
  • 1962 : 21st All India Art Exhibition, Art Society, Hyderabad

Collections :

  • His paintings are part of many private collections in India & abroad.

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Artworks

Bull, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Bull

Watercolour on Paper

22 x 30 inches
55.88 x 76.2 cm

Couple VI, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Couple VI

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 24 inches
91.4 x 60.9 cm

Rural Life, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Rural Life

Acrylic on Paper

8 x 8 inches
20.32 x 20.32 cm

Couple VIII, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Couple VIII
Acrylic on Paper
14 x 8 inches
35.56 x 20.32 cm

Telangana Woman V, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Telangana Woman V

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36 inches
60.96 x 91.44 cm

Rural LIfe XXXXXVI, painting by Yasala Balaiah

Rural LIfe XXXXXVI

Acrylic on Paper

14 x 8 inches
35.56 x 20.32 cm