Laxman Aelay was born in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh in 1964. He received his BA in Painting from the JNTU College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad.
Laxman's paintings are nostalgic, depicting the rural people he grew up among. His sources of inspiration are the lives of these poverty stricken people from his village - Kadirenigudem.
Laxman has received international recognition as well as several awards and gold medals for his works including an award from the Hyderabad Art Society in 1995. This talented artist held his first solo show at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations Art Gallery, Hyderabad in 1999. Laxman has participated in several important painting exhibitions including 'Contemporary Deccan - A New Generation of Artists,' held in Hyderabad in 1999 and the 7th Group show at the Surya Art Gallery, Hyderabad in 2000. He also represented the country in an international exposition organised by TAANA in Chicago, USA in 1995.