Mohammed Osman, born in 1972 in Mahaboob Nagar District of Andhra Pradesh, spent his childhood in the village and moved to Hyderabad to pursue his studies, graduating in painting from the JNTU College of Fine Arts. His initial work as a muralist during years of struggle has impacted his art, which is marked for its freshness in the depiction of rural motifs and life in southern India. Women with their wide-open eyes and big bindis, men with their sharp noses and animals adorned in their trappings are painted with passion. Known for his paintings of Gangireddu, or the sacred bull, decorated during the Pongal festival, his compositions come in watercolors, acrylic and mixed media. Osman‘s painterly language is strong and his palette bold. His prime focus remains the finesse of the image rather than its message or content. The artist’s work has featured in numerous exhibitions at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and at Birmingham, and San Francisco and has found its way into private collections across India and abroad. He lives and works in Hyderabad.