Akhilesh was born in Indore. His father was an art teacher in Madhya Pradesh. Akhilesh consciously resisted all attempts at becoming an artist initially but the final year of school saw his resolve weakening. He later moved to Textile Designing.
Akhilesh belongs to the breed of artists who come from the provincial towns of India - rooted in traditions and sporting a fresh outlook. He has been influenced by tribal and folk traditions of Madhya Pradesh; at the same time being aware of the trends in the Art World. Akhilesh's paintings appear to be a collection of beginnings. But there are no ends. His work gives a feeling of being left unfinished and yet it does not seem incomplete. It is not possible to look at it in terms of a beginning leading to an end. The way he uses lines may lend a certain linearity to his work but these lines seem to melt into the canvas, refusing to lend typical linear characteristics to his work. His paintings appear to be full of freshness and the colours resonate with emotions. He does not delve into virginal territory. Rather he sticks to familiar ground. It is his method of translating familiar territory on to canvas that imparts an individual characteristic to his work.
Diploma in Fine Arts from Indore
Akhilesh is shown in group shows at Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, London, USA, Austria,France, Holland, Bhopal, Chennai, Bangalore, Russia, Kochi, Indore, Trichur, Ernakulam, Chandigarh, Kathmandu, Hyderabad. He has had two Two Man Shows, with Manish Pushkale, Plate Muller Gallery, Munich, Germany and with Ambadas,Ujjain. Participated in Annual Show of Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, Harmony Show, Mumbai, International Show com, Korea, Xal Praxis Foundation Prints Exhibition, Mumbai, II, III, V, VI Bharat Bhavan Biennial, Bhopal and National Kala Mela, New Delhi.
He has been honoured by the Kala 0 Kaustubh Sanman, Ujjain, S.H. Raza foundation award, New Delhi, Senior Artist Fellowship, Government of India, Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal, State Award, Gwalior, Camlin Award, Mumbai, Kalidas Academy Certificate Award, Ujjain and Yuva Kalyan Kendra, Bhopal
Various public and private collection in India and abroad.