Vanaraj is an art director in the Tamil movie industry and is from Valparai, in Coimbatore. He is currently living in Chennai and started his career as an Assistant Art Director. In 2005, he worked in the Vadivelu comedy Kundakka Mandakka as an Asst Art Director. He worked as an assistant between 2005 and 2008 in many movies like Murugan Mohan directed Ethirmarai, Ramana Madhesh directed Arsangam, and Vincent Selva directed Perumal under various production houses like Oscar Films and Captan Cine Creation. His first work as an independent Art Director was Sattam Oru Irrutarai in 2012 directed by S.A Chandrasekhar, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. In 2013, he was the Art Director in the 2013, Tamil Dramedy Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya directed by Manikandan.
He was also associated with Thenandal Films Production Yaaruda Mahesh in 2013 directed by R. Madhan Kumar. In 2014, he worked in the Ramprakash Rayappa directed science fiction Tamilluku En Ondrai Aluthavum. He again worked with S.A Chandrasekhar in his anthology movie Touring Talkies which released in 2015 and received positive reviews from the critics. In 2015, he worked as an art director in the movie, Gaddam Gang written and directed by Santosh Peter Jaykumar and starring Achu, Giri Babu, and Raghu Babu. In 2016, he worked in Sai Goul Ramanath directed romantic comedy Vaaliba Raja starring Santhanam, Sethu, and Vishakha Singh. In the same year, he also worked in Ramprakash Rayappa’s movie Pokkiri Raja. His most recent work was in the Vijay Balaji directed movie Vidhi Madhi Ultaa.
He is currently working with director Ramprakash Rayappa and producer P.K Ram Mohan for the movie Suttu Pidikka Utharavu. He completed his studies from the Sacred Heart Martriculation School in his hometown Valparai. He is married to Asha Vanraj since May 2008, and they have a daughter Andriya Yazhini. He is part of the ever-growing community of the Association of Cine and Television Art Directors in Southern India. He recognizes the fact that a movie would not be possible without the work of an art director, who makes the movie realistic and relatable for the audience and at the same time stays true to the script and the director’s vision. The Association works to support the members in any way possible. This kind of initiative is necessary because art directors are behind the stage, but they also set the stage and therefore deserve appreciation.