Born in Kerala in 1960, Jyothi Basu did his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1987) and a Post Diploma in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (1991).
His work is influenced by India's popular visual culture and abiding decorative traditions, looks somewhat like a spectacular set for a science fiction movie. It points to a futuristic reality - partly palpable, partly virtual. Basu is particularly known for his dreamlike, archaic-futurist landscapes. He produces exquisite yet disturbing phantasmagoric landscapes.
VN Jyothi Basu lives and works in Vadodara.