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Profile of Baiju Parthan
 

Baiju was born in the year 1956 in Kerela. He is known to have pioneered the intermedia art in India. He harps on 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. Initially Baiju Parthan resisted a career as an artist. "In Kerala," he explains, "if you want to be an artist, you are of no good to the society. Being an artist is self-indulgence." He says “Painting gave me self worth.” Parthan went to Goa and enrolled in a five-year course in the fine arts, running from 1978-1983. Parthan began to study the Indian mystical arts, exploring tantra, ritual arts, and Indian mythology. Simultaneously, Western art continued to exert an influence. In the early 1980s, Parthan decided to quit painting that’s when he enrolled in a course on comparative mythology at Bombay University, and began working as a writer and illustrator. He returned to painting in the early 1990s, when he began to explore the imagery of mandalas and Tibetan tangas. In 1995, Parthan began to study computers, learning hardware engineering, building his own machine, and creating programs. 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. Parthan has held several successful shows in India, China, Germany and the U.K. The long list of solos include ‘Dislocation: Milljunction Part 2’, Aicon Gallery London in 2011; ‘Milljunction’, Aicon Gallery, New York in 2010; ‘Liquid Memory + Rant’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2007, ‘Source Code’, Art Musings, Mumbai at Museum Art Gallery in 2006, ‘Vapour’, New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai in 2005 besides a few others. He has also participated in major group exhibitions such as the IX Asian Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Parthan was the Artist in Residency at Gallery Seven Degrees, Laguna in 2001, Nominee for Artist of the Year, Sotheby's, London in 2000 and Recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Merit Prize in four consecutive years i.e.from1978 to 1981. In 2001, he took part, together with F.N.Souza, in Saffronart's month long artists' program in Los Angeles, Saffronart & The Guild, Mumbai, 2004 and Saffronart and Bodhi Art, Mumbai, Delhi, New York and Singapore, 2005. Parthan lives and works in Mumbai.



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