Baiju Parthan (b. 1956)
A contemporary artist known for his intermedia works and experimentation with mediums, Baiju Parthan incorporates religion, philosophy, mythology and technology to create lenticular prints, photoworks, large-scale installations and interactive video artworks.
Born in Kottayam, Kerala, Parthan studied botany before studying painting at the Goa College of Art (1978–83). In the mid-1980s, he shifted his focus from painting to writing and making illustrations, briefly working as an editorial artist at the Times of India, Mumbai. He also studied comparative mythology (1991) and philosophy (2007) at the University of Mumbai and also learned computer programming and hardware with the aim of introducing the digital medium into traditional modes of creation.
Parthan resumed painting in the 1990s and began incorporating images such as thangkas, Tantra and mandalas from the mystical arts and Tibetan religious practices. He was also influenced by Cubism and Surrealism, primarily the works of artists Joan Miro and Larry Rivers. His early works were largely Expressionistic, which later evolved to a technology-driven, intermedia practice. Sourcing elements from newspapers, maps, charts and the internet, Parthan’s practice reflects the subtleties of modern living, the impact of information technology and the relationship between humans and machines. His works are known for their diverse, rich textures, created using painting, photography, 3D graphics, animation and printing on a variety of surfaces.
His works have been shown in various group and solo exhibitions, including at the Gallery Espace (2002); Culturgest Museum, Lisbon (2004); Art Musings, Mumbai (2006); Aicon Gallery, New York (2010); Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing (2015); the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai (2016).
At the time of writing, Parthan lives and works in Mumbai.
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