Baiju Parthan



Born: India, Kerela

Baiju Parthan, a painter, born in 1956 in Kerala, India is known as a pioneer of intermedia art in India. While elaborating the workings of a mysterious inner universe through his paintings, Parthan has combined his painterly concerns with his explorations of cyberspace to produce a series of provocative, richly textured installations.

Baiju Parthan's works focus on the instrumentalization of nature for human use and consumption. In his large-scale work 'Ointment (Unguentum Kosmographia)', shown at 'Size Matters...Or Does It? I', he creates a cosmological grid through which to see a fly. A measured and documented body, the fly provides a model and foundation for the machine of war in his smaller work shown at the same exhibition, 'Ointment 2'. The helicopter in this smaller image offers a clue into the spectrum of design and uses that are appropriated from nature. A forensic study of the fly's body draws parallels between science and violence, suggesting a co-dependence of generative and destructive forces.

lives and works: India, Mumbai


  • Bachelors Degree in Painting -B.F.A
  • Postgraduate Diploma -Comparative Mythology
  • Bachelors Degree Botany -B.Sc.
  • Master of Arts Philosophy-MA


select solo exhibitions

  • 2011- “INDIA!” at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro. 2010- Go see India - Vasa Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2010- The 11th Hour- Tang contemporary art gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2009- Indian Contemporary- Benedictine Museum, Fecamp, France
  • 2009- Beyond Globalization- Pan Asian contemporary show, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
  • 2008-Ghost of Souza-Aicon Gallery, New York
  • 2008- Everywhere is war, Bodhi Gallery,Mumbai
  • 2008- 101 Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007-Rant+Liquid Memory-Vadehra Art gallery, N. Delhi
  • 2007-Aparanta-Contemporary Art In Goa, Panjim
  • 2006-Altered Realities(Shibu Nateshan, Baiju Parthan, Chiotrovanu Majumdar– Arts India New York
  • 2005-‘ KAAM‘ Gallery Artsindia New York
  • 2005 – ‘Alchemy’ ( Baiju Parthan, Jitish Kallat, Shibu Nateshan, Chitrovanu Majumdar)
  • 2005-Paths of Progression-Bodhi, Singapore2005-Arad biennale , Romania
  • 2003- Art on Paper- Royal College of Art London
  • 2002- Alchemy- Contemporay Indian and British art- Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
  • 2001- Indian Contemporary Art - California , USA, organised by and Apparao Galleries
  • 2000 - Sotheby's Artist of the Year Award show- National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 2000 - Exile and Longing, Artists from Kerala, Lakeeren Contemporary art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2000 - Art and Technology 'The magazine show' National gallery of Modern Art Mumbai
  • 2000 - Icons of the Millennium- Nehru centre Mumbai organised by Lakeeren Contemporary Art Gallery Mumbai 1999 - 9th Asian Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1999 - 'Images and Ideas' National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai 1997 - 50 Years of Indian Contemporary Art Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1998 - Exhibition of Indian contemporary art 'Gegenwartskunst aus Indien' (The Harsh Goenka collection), Leverkusen, Germany
  • 1996 -'Within the Frame', Indian Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1996 - 'Chamatkara', Indian Contemporary Art, Whiteley's Gallery, London
  • 1996 - Four Visions, The Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1995 - Duo show - Sarina Tang Gallery, New York

select group exhibitions

  • 2012 - Variable operatives- Duo show with media artist Prayas Abhinav- Video installation and lenticular prints. The Guild gallery, Mumbai
  • 2009 - Syncytium / Cosmopolis Installation - Living off The Grid curated By Meera Menezez - Anant Art Gallery,New Delhi,
  • 2009 - Arpeggio for Abbe Faria- Photo Installation- Retrieval Systems Curated by Ranjit Hoskote - Art Alive Gallery new Delhi
  • 2008 - RORSCHACH BREATH -Dual Channel Video-( Mechanisms of Motion) Anant Art Gallery,New Delhi,( Third life) Bombay Art Gallery Mumbai
  • 2007 - LIQUID MEMORY new media Installation-Christian Hosp Galleries, Nassereith,Austria
  • 2005 - NRLA – Live Art Festival , Midland, Perth , Australia
  • 2004 - FLOW- Instant Karma Algorithm- Interactive video data projection, New moves International Live Art Festival, Glasgow- UK
  • 2004 - Zoom ! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2004 - Along the X axis: video art from India and Pakistan - Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2003- FEED- What You See Is What You Get- Interactive video data projection-Khoj International artists camp, Bangalore, India
  • 2002- Diary of the Inner Cyborg, Interactive projection, 'CODE' Interactive Digital installation- Under Construction- exhibition of Asian Contemporaray art, Organised by Japan Foundation,Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 - Necessary Illusions with 24 cups of coffee -Interactive projection, New moves International Live Art Festival, Glasgow- UK
  • 2002 - Diary of the Inner Cyborg, Interactive projection, Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Greenwich, London
  • 2002 - 'CODE' Interactive Digital installation 'Kapital and Karma', Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
  • 2001 - Video Installation- ' Leap Into and Across '- Collaborative work with a Particle physicist. Venue Tata Theatre, Mumbai
  • 2001 - Interactive Digital Installation 'Asystole'- A Diary of the Inner Cyborg Version-0.1 The Fine Art Company Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2000 - Interactive Digital Installation 'Necessary Illusions With 24 Cups of Coffee' at Lakeeren Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2000 - Interactive Digital Installation 'CODE' at National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai.
  • 2000 - Site specific installation 'THE CROSSING' at Army-Navy Building foyer, Kalaghoda Art District, Mumbai.
  • 1999 - Interactive Digital Installation 'BRAHMA'S HOMEPAGE' at Lakeeren Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai.

honours & awards

  • 1981: Goa Lalit Kala Academy award
  • 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981: Goa Lalit kala Academy merit award

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