Putu Sutawijaya Biography

Born in 1971, in Angseri, Bali, Indonesia, Putu Sutawijaya currently lives and works in Yogyakarta and Bali. “The human body is the medium of suffering, pain, laughter and fear.” is the way Putu describes the visual source of inspiration of his works. Various movements and manners of the human boy, a result of Putu’s own thoughts on things that provoke him, reflecting the music, dance, meditation or personal experience in his life.

The body postures and gestures as reflected in Putu’s works are expressions and ways in which he likes to picture the feelings in his heart. He visually accomplishes this by primarily relying upon the drama and strength of spontaneous line. With high precision and skill he realistically captures the essence of movements of the human body and develops them into all kinds of situations in his works. The figures that he shows are deliberately deformed and become active participants in their own ways.

Education and Background
1991-1998
Indonesia Institute of The Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1991
Senior high school studies in art at SMSR, Bali


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008
“Main Mountain”, CIGE,Beijing, China
“Legacy of Sagacity”, Nasional Gallery, Jakarta

2007
“Full Moon”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong

2006
“Body-O”, Valentine Wille Art Gallery, Malaysia

2005
“………….”, Montig Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Dance with Line”, Gallery Hotel, Singapore

2004
“Kamar & IIusi Tubah”, Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Ritus Tubuh”, Danes Art Veranda Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

2003
“Metefor Tubuh”, D Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Tanpa Peria Wanan”, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Who Am I” at Chouinard Gallery, Chicago, USA

2002
Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong
“Metafor Tubuh” at Komaneka Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2001
Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong
Sika Contemporary Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2000
Sika Contemporary Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong

1999
“Energy” at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Exhibition at Indonesian-French Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1998
Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Indonesian-French Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1996
“Untitled” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1993
Experimental Art “Hitam Putih” Aksi Seni, Indonesia


Selected Group Exhibitions
2009
“from 2D to 3D”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong

2008
“Friendship Code” at Syang Gallery, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
“Tribes”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
“Indonesian Invasion”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong

2007
“40 Plus, 40 Minus”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong

2006
“Mitos-Mitos Rembulan”, 5th Anniversary Canna Gallery, Jakata, Indonesia
“Art Saturdays”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
“Ang Kor Wat”, Gajah Gallery, Singapore

2005
“Art Saturdays”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong.
“Fund Raising…For Aceh”, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Power of Mind”, Orasis Gallery, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
“Small World”, Vanessa Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia

2004
“Globla Bali”, Mondecor Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Perjalanan Seni Rupa Indonesia”, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Basel National Day”, Villa Bali, Bali, Indonesia

2003
“Second Anniversary Canna Gallery” at Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Kolompok 11 – SDI” at Rudana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
“Zaman Edan” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“CP-Open Bienale 2003–Interpellation” at Nasional Galleri, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Shanghai International Art Fair” at Shanghai and Beijing, China

2002
“Gebyar Pelukis Bali-Yogya” at Suardhana Fine Art Gallery Renon Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
“Anniversary Exhibition Gallery Canna”, at Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Dimensi Raden Saleh” at Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
“Intercosmol Imagination” at Langgeng, Gallery, Magelang, Java, Indonesia
“Diversity in Harmony” at Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“1,000,000 Wajar” at Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pameran Bersama “Intercosmol Imagination” at Gallery Langgeng, Magalang, Java, Indonesia
Pameran Bersama “1,000,000 Wajar” at Gallery 9, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pameran Bersama “Diversity in Harmony” at Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2001
“Asia Contemporary”, London, UK
Seni Lukis “Denpasarku” at Art Centre, Bali, Indonesia
“Tanda Mata” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Bias Batas Kontemporer” at Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Fokus Bali” at Santi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Sanggar Dewata Indonesia at National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Kontemporer Bali” at Sisi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition and Auction “Heart to Heart” at Mulia Hotel Ballroom, Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition of 2 Painters “Dermensch Als Mass” at Der Kulturen Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Exhibition Art Fair at Turin, Italy

2000
Exhibition of Millennium SDI at Six Museums in Bali, Indonesia
Exhibition of 12 Painters SDI at Padma Hotel, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Exhibition with “Sekuntum Bunga” World Trade Centre Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition of 7 Painters “Figure Millennium” at Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition of 3 Painters “Spirit Bali”, Ina Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition of Painting Auction Balindo at The Darmawangsa Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
Exhibition of Painting Auction Larasati at Museum Pelita Harapan, Jakarta, Indonesia

Art Residence/Workshop
2007
Valentine Willie Fine Art and Patisatu Studio,Kuala Lumpur.Malaysia

2006
Valentine Willie Fine Art and Gudang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

2001
Der Kulturen Museum, Basel, Switzerland

Awards
2000
Lempad Prize from Sanggar Dewata Indonesia

1999
The Best 10 Artists, Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards

1995
Best Fine Art from ISI Yogyakarta at 11 Dies Natalis at ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1992
Best Oil Painting from Fine Arts Department, ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1991
The Best Watercolour Painting From Fine Arts Department, ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The Best Sketch From Fine Arts Department, ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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