Born in 1942,Boorugupally in Andhra Pradesh. Thota Vaikuntam did his graduation in painting from Hyderabad University starting his formal career as an artist late in life. Subsequently he went to study at the M.S. University in Baroda and trained under the well known artist K.G. Subramanyam, a learning experience that he values greatly. His earlier career included working on film-set designs and teaching art and craft to children. Vaikuntam known for his dark and voluptuous Telangana women and greedy priests that include an interesting mix of tradition and colours has developed a style, which is quite earthy and reverberates with the rhythm of his native surroundings. The impact of folk culture and exaggerated theatrical performances that he saw as a child, is evident in the work which stems from mythological tales and personalities as well as common people of the southern region of India that feature in his work. With his bold figuration in vibrant colours he creates an atmosphere of richness that imparts a special quality to his paintings. His paintings are a part of several renowned collections. Vaikuntam lives and works in Hyderabad.