Born in Kerala in 1960, he has a B.F.A. in Painting from the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum apart from a Post Diploma in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. A rather long hiatus in his painting career (1991-1997) was followed by a stint as set designer for a TV channel. His first solo exhibition ‘Healing Properties: VN Jyothi Basu’s Landscapes of the Self’ by The Fine Art Resource at Artists’ Center, Mumbai in 2003 provided him the breakthrough as an artist. He has participated in shows like 'Anticipations' by Jehangir art gallery (2004); 'Bombay x 17' by Bose Krishnamachari; 'Painters with Fishermen'(Trivandrum), and 'Questions & Dialogue' by Radical group (1986) among others. His works point to a futuristic reality - partly palpable, partly virtual – as for him, the painting is an anthology of details that needs to be read and decoded. Jyothi Basu lives and works in Mumbai.