BAIJU PARTHAN

Born 1956, Kerala, India

Masters in Philosophy, University of Mumbai (2007)
Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Mythology- (1991)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Goa College of Art, Goa (1978-83)
Bachelors Degree in Botany (1976)

"Painting gave me self worth," says Parthan. "In that pictorial space, I was king. I began to define myself through this act of painting: It was the only place where I could 'be'." Excited by the prospect of studying art, Parthan went to Goa and enrolled in a five-year course in the fine arts. Parthan's course, running from 1978-1983, overlapped with the final influx of Westerners coming to Goa in search of enlightenment.

Parthan began to study the Indian mystical arts, exploring tantra, ritual arts, and Indian mythology. Simultaneously, Western art continued to exert an influence. Parthan names Larry Rivers, Miro, and the Cubist painters as important models.

In the early 1980s, Parthan decided to quit painting. Instead, 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. These traditional subjects were balanced by his reading in post-modern theorists. In 1995, Parthan began to study computers, learning hardware engineering, building his own machine, and creating programs.

Parthan is especially interested in the influence of technology on religious beliefs, the implications of genetic engineering, and the possibilities of post-humanism (i.e. the development of symbiotic relations between men and machines).

Baiju Parthan secured his BFA from the Mumbai University, and has hence held successful solo exhibitions in Mumbai, New Delhi and Goa. He has also participated in major group shows in Calcutta, Mumbai, New York and other centers.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2010 Mill Junction, Aicon Gallery, New York
2007 Liquid Memory + Rant, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 Source Code, organized by Art Musings, Mumbai at Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Vapour, New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai
New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Espace Gallery, New Delhi
2002 Fine Art Company, Mumbai
2000 Lakeeren Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
1997 Apparao Galleries, Chennai
1995 Sophia Duchesne Galllery, Mumbai
1992 Masterpiece Gallery, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions
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, Beyond art space, Beijing, China

2009 Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 Third Life, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
Ghost of Souza, Aicon Gallery, New York
Everywhere is War, Bodhi Art, Mumbai
2007-08 Polyphonies, Gallery Hosp, Tirol, Austria
2007 Mechanisms of Motion, Anant Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
2006 Altered Realities, works by three eminent Indian artists- Baiju Parthan, Chittrovanu Majumdhar and Sibu Nateshan, New York
2006 Strangeness, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata
2005 KAAM: Recent works by Mumbai and Baroda Artists, Aicon Gallery, New York
2005 Arad Biennale, Romania
2005 NRLA - Live Art Festival, Midland, Perth, Australia Double-Enders, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi
2004 Along the X-axis: Video Art from India and Pakistan Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Indian Contemporary Art Show
2001 Seven Degrees, Laguna, California
2000 Icons of the Millenium , Nehru Centre, Mumbai organized by Lakeeren Sotheby’s Artist of the Year Award show, NGMA, Mumbai Art and Technology, the Magazine Show, NGMA, Mumbai
1999 Ninth Asian Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1997 Fifty Years of Indian Contemporary Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1996 Four Visions, The Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 Duo Show, Sarina Tang Gallery, New York

Awards and Scholarships

2001 Artist in Residency, Gallery Seven Degrees, Laguna
2000 Nominee for Artist of the Year, Sotheby’s, London
1978-81 Recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Merit Prize

Collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, and private collections in India and abroad