Kavitha Balakrishnan is a poet, art critic, and Contemporary art researcher. In her early teens she proved her flair for art winning Soviet Land Nehru Award for painting (in 1989). Balakrishnan received her Master's degree in Fine Art History and Aesthetics in 1998 from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She was awarded Ph.D in 2009 from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam for a thesis on the practice of literature-oriented illustrations in Malayalam periodicals.
Her major creative output spans in poetry filed, bringing out two poems to her credit “Angavaalulla Pakshy” and “Njan Haajaruntu”.She regularly writes on Indian contemporary art in general, and in particular responding to the immediate and intimate environment of contemporary art in Kerala.
Her book keralathile chitrakalayude varthamanam won the state award for the best book on art in Malayalam in 2007 from Lalitha kala academy. She has also been awarded the SBT sahitya puraskaram in 2005 and an Ayyappan puraskaram for poetry in 2007.