Milburn was born in Mumbai in the year 1958. She completed a course from the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad & a course in textile history and design at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai.
Her paintings rely on an underlying invisible diagram. It is a fascinating journey as it begins to unfold and one begins to trace the line through which her painting transcends into the realm of the unknown. There is not an iota of empty space which would have modified the intense sense of cluster of the constantly moving forms. The more one observes, the stronger is the effect of clash and harmony reconciled. This integration is Milburn Cherian’s glorious achievement. There is a certain gothic element in most of her works, superimposed watermarked diabolical signage. She also has painted ghost like creatures floating through air as if they were floating on water, distortion the human form is her way of conveying the guile that has seeped into the modern urban environment. There is not one particular issue that she translates onto the canvas, she brings together a cumulative resonance of what she hear transpiring in the air.
Milburn Cherian has exhibited her works in India, Germany and UK. Her debut solo exhibition took place at Pradarshak Art Gallery in Mumbai in the year 1995 and had a solo exhibition in Mayfair, London titled 'Living Between The Times'. She has participated in group shows in New York, UAE, Japan & Russia. Milburn Cherian won the E. Schlesinger prize for the most promising Indian artist in 1999. She lives and works in New Delhi.