Maruthi, a blessed artist, does his ‘tapasya’ or ‘meditation’ (which is ‘painting’ in his words) from the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was born in Pudukottai, a small town in Tamil Nadu. He is a self-made artist and his passion for painting has driven him for more than 54 years now.
Maruthi specializes in water color and oil paintings and has done freelance work for popular Tamil magazines like Ananda Vikatan, Kumudam for more than 50 years now. Also, he accepts orders for customized oil paintings or portraits from individuals as well as organizations. His vast portfolio comprises of portraits, figurative, landscapes, illustrations and so on.
An Inspiring Journey
Maruthi started painting when he was seven years old and continued to do so without his parents’ encouragement. However, the artist in him grew up along with him. His determination to make a mark for himself in the field of arts and prove to the world propelled him to come to Chennai when he was just 19.
In his struggling years, Maruthi used to collect anything ranging from road side garbage to wall posters as reference material for his practice. He got a job in a poster designing firm and started his career painting film posters. Gradually, he went on to do freelancing for tamil magazines like Kumudam, Anada Vikatan.
From being a rebel in a middleclass orthodox family from a village to a runaway struggling artist in a big city and finally to a successful artist, Maruthi has surely undergone a long, difficult yet extremely inspiring journey
A Passionate Artist
Maruthi is inspired by the late eminent artist, Mr Madhavan whom he considers as his guru. He used to follow Madhavan’s paintings when he was honing as skills as an artist. He also used to admire and follow Artist R Natarajan’s style of painting landscapes and portraits.
Maruthi has high regards for his seniors like Gopulu, Maniam, Silpi and Sundharam. He values his fans a lot more than the awards and honors he has received so far.
An avid reader and a popular personality in the circle of Tamil art lovers, Maruthi has a huge fan following in Tamil Nadu. He also holds a special place in the hearts of Tamils settled in different parts of the world. His love for art has touched many people’s lives and hearts.
He is specially known for creating beautiful ladies on the cover pages of popular Tamil monthly magazines like Kanmani and Penmani. A fact that draws special mention here is that Maruthi has been painting for the cover page illustrations for the Tamil magazine, Kanmani for the past twenty seven years, since the time the magazine has been in the market.