Baju Wijono was born into a multicultural family, spending much of his youth jumping from country to country, including the U.S., Indonesia, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Germany. This transience gave him a feeling of being home both everywhere and nowhere. This is a recurring theme in his earlier art work.
He’s always had a fascination with mechanical objects, seeing a parallel between engine rooms and the human mind. He studied engineering in Germany before deciding to become a full-time artist. He studied fine arts at Columbia University for several years. The juxtaposition of mechanical and organic is a constant theme in his work. He sometimes explains that he sees people from the inside out.
After several decades in Brooklyn, he recently moved his art studio to Hudson, NY to focus on larger-scale work, including painting, installation, and sculpture.