born in Kerala in 1956, He has an eclectic academic background. Along with degrees in Painting, Botany, Philosophy, and a Post-grad diploma in Comparative mythology, he has done studies in computer game level design at the Pratt Institute, Manhattan, USA.
Parthan has participated in major group exhibitions such as 'Four Visions' at The Gallery. Hong Kong, 'Chamatkara: Indian Contemporary Art' at Whiteley's Gallery, London, and the IX Asian Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has had 14 solo exhibitions in Mumbai, Bangalore, Madras, Delhi, Goa, London and NewYork.
He was nominated for artist of the year 2000 award by Sotheby's of London.
Baiju Parthan describes himself as an inter-media artist, working simultaneously with the traditional media of painting as well as digital technology based installation art. He is one of the early exponents of new media art and mediatic-realism in the Indian contemporary art scene, and has exhibited extensively in India as well as major art centers across the globe.
Essentially, his work is about world views or cosmological narratives that are on collision course affecting and transforming each other, and the resulting ontological fallout felt and lived by us all.
Parthan's specific area of interest is the overlap or collision between scientific/technological description of the world and the traditional/metaphysical description of the world.
A monograph has been published on the artist entitled Baiju Parthan: A User's Manual. It is written by the noted art critic, poet and independent curator Ranjit Hoskote, it takes the reader on a tour through the artist's diversely populated imagination. This book records Parthan's participation in the last years of the countercultural hippie scene, his encounters with spiritual teachings and shamanic lore, his experiments with form, and his engagement with media flows and alternative reality environments.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.
POST HYPNOTIC JOURNAL 60" x 48" - acrylic on canvas - 2011
DRAWING 25.5" x 19.5" - pen and ink on paper - 2011