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.