VICTORIOUS WITH PICTO’REAL’ FINGERS
There is a popular quote ‘Our future lies in our hands’. Sri Atmakuru Ramakrishna,Art Teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 Vijayawada, an innovative artist has literally made this come true.
He has the unique record of using his fingers and hands as a tool for painting 100 landscapes in 13 hours 26 minutes in Oil medium using stretched canvases measuring 12x16 inches at Kendriya Vidyalaya-IISC Bangalore on 20th May 2010! This remarkable feat reveals an extraordinary talent developed over years using only fingers to make marvelous artistic paintings.
Atmakuru Ramakrishna, a native of Indukurpet, in a costal district of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, had a sensitive eye and took to painting from childhood. His early efforts were noticed and he won many prizes in his school days.
When he grew up he found art as a natural choice and pursued his career in Fine Arts from JNTU College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad with ‘Applied Arts’ as his specialization and won University Gold Medal-1994. He completed his Master’s Degree in Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi) in 1996 with flying colours.
His studies in art took him deep into the subject. His natural talent and the essence within him found a conscious confirmation in his studies. He worked continuously and took his talent to a great height by bringing onto the canvas hundreds of images filing his prodigious brain.
A decade back, he began experimenting with finger painting and discovered in the process an extraordinary thing. He found that finger painting was an art form in itself and afforded great advantages. A beautiful painting could be made within minutes without compromising on the artistic worth of the painting.
As he says “The idea came to me in 1994, while I was designing a literacy promotion poster. Initially I integrated the technique using a brush. Later I used only fingers to paint” Ramakrishna has integrated and incorporated various techniques in his paintings to show the whole world that better landscapes can be created within a span of 5 to 7 minutes of time than the tedious labor of painting it in the traditional way. His masterstrokes make the observer spellbound and awestruck. It is unbelievable when you see him in action. The painting comes on the canvas as if by magic, complete and perfect!
The paintings have myriad hues
The style of art is innovative and adventurous using oil colours as the medium and the surface as canvas with consistent motion of fingers capturing Mother Nature in her beautiful vistas.