Born in Guruvayur , Kerala , Gayatri is a self taught artist. He travelled extensively all over india since his childhood & lived with untouchables and labourers in various parts. He studied the lifestyles of marginalised people. He has conducted many solo shows since 1977 and his work has been showcased in galleries all over the world. Aranyakam , an art dealing group in Cochin conducted an auction of his paintings on 6th and 7th February , 2007 in which more than 200 paintings were collected by art dealers all over the world. Gayatri has been conducting solo shows in india since the year 1977.
Hundreds of write-ups published in Malayalam publications on literature, art and tribal art forms, films and theatre production.
Published Ten books by various leading publishers in Malayalam.
Designed and constructed one hundred and twenty residential bungalows and some commercial buildings in many places of Kerala.
Published numerous cartoons in various Malayalam periodicals like Mathrubhumi weekly, Thejus and other newspapers too.
Designed a lot of book covers for leading publishers in Malayalam like Kerala sahitya academy, NBS etc
A MOVIE PERSON:
Worked as art director for many Malayalam movies. Written screen play and directed short movies. Wrote theatrical scripts and staged some theatre productions.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
- Kerala Lalit Kala Academy award – 1976
- National award from Mahakoshal Kala Parishad, Madhya Pradesh – 1986
- Landsmen award, Switzerland – 1986
- Punjab Blood bank Society award – 1987
- Kerala Sahitya Academy award - 1996
- Khasak award – 1996
- Nss award, Guruvayur - 1997
- Sander K Thomas award - 2015
DESCRIPTION OF PAINTING:
This painting portrays the life of a poor man who has been exiled fom the limelight of the elite society. The man is sitting with animals and knows that there’s no way to make his life better , he has stopped putting in efforts. Life is not beautiful for such a person.