HomePage Artists

b. 1977, Indonesia

Eko Nugroho Biography

Eko Nugroho is known for his reinterpretations of traditional Indonesian media and techniques, fluidly combined with a stylised aesthetic evocative of comic books. Employing humour and vivid colours, Nugroho's embroidered paintings, sculptures, community collaborations, and performances examine the socio-political climate of Indonesia and the contemporary urban environment of Yogyakarta, where he is based.

Read More

Eko Nugroho enrolled in the Painting Department of the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta, in 1997—a year before the authoritarian regime of Suharto came to an end. In the following years, known as the Reformasi era, Nugroho experienced first-hand the major waves of transformation across Indonesia, including greater freedom of expression and the import of Western comics and Pop art aesthetics that allowed for an explosion of experimentation in the arts.

Emerging from such a background, Eko Nugroho's practice draws from both traditional and contemporary sources, as well as Indonesian and Western ones. He has reinterpreted wayang—a traditional form of shadow puppetry—in a number of his works to discuss historical and present-day events in Indonesia. In God Bliss (In the Name of Semelah)—a one-and-a-half-hour puppet play commissioned by New York's Asia Society in 2017—for example, Nugroho traces the history of Islam's spread in Java.

Eko Nugroho also incorporates traditional techniques like embroidery and the dyeing process known as batik into his work. Since 2007, he has worked with a small village to create embroidered paintings characterised by enigmatic and humorous scenes executed in bold colours. In his 2015 interview with Ocula Magazine, Nugroho said of the artist's unique position in society that 'the work of the artist will always be interesting if the artist situates themselves in their immediate context and records and interprets what happens around them.'

The masked figure is among the most recognisable motifs in Eko Nugroho's work, which symbolises a human being's duality and the process of concealment. In We are What We Mask—his solo exhibition at STPI in Singapore (2013)—Nugroho presented, among other items, cast paper masks (Love, Ego, Money, 2013) and wearable pieces (Do We Know Ourselves?, 2013) that echo the masked figures in paintings and drawings like Norm Normal (2018).

Eko Nugroho Solo Exhibitions include:

Lost in Parody, Arario Gallery, Seoul (2020); Nowhere is My Destination, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo (2019); Plastic Democracy, ARNDT, Berlin (2018); Lot Lost, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2016); Landscape Anomaly, Galeri Salihara, Jakarta (2015); Témoin Hybride, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (2012).

Eko Nugroho Group Exhibitions include:

Nothing Lasts Nothing's Finished, Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore (2020); ARTJOG: Resilience, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta (2020); Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2019); Àbadakone/Continuous Fire, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2019); Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2019); Writing Without Borders, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (2013).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

Eko Nugroho Featured Artworks

View All (25)
Unity in Hiding #1 by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork painting
Eko NugrohoUnity in Hiding #1, 2018Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Keep Strong by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork painting
Eko NugrohoKeep Strong, 2018Ecoline on paper
200 x 150 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
A Pot Full of Peace Spells by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork painting, textile
Eko NugrohoA Pot Full of Peace Spells, 2018Embroidered painting
275 x 316 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Love #2 by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork painting, textile
Eko NugrohoLove #2, 2019Embroidered painting
143 x 134 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Love, Ego, Money by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork mixed media
Eko NugrohoLove, Ego, Money, 2013Cast paper mask with screen print, marbling, STPI handmade paper
112 x 41 x 38.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Photo series (Do We Know Ourselves?) by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork photography
Eko NugrohoPhoto series (Do We Know Ourselves?), 2013C-Type Print
122 x 182 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Photo series (Love, Ego, Money) by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork photography
Eko NugrohoPhoto series (Love, Ego, Money), 2013C-Type Print
122 x 182 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Do We Know Ourselves? by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork mixed media
Eko NugrohoDo We Know Ourselves?, 2013Konnyaku paper mask with wood block, found object, coloured STPI handmade paper
66.5 x 36 x 36 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery

Eko Nugroho Recent Exhibitions

View All (8)

Eko Nugroho Represented By

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai

Eko Nugroho In Ocula Magazine

View All (9)

Eko Nugroho In Related Press

View All (12)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL Related Press HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL 3 May 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial has already been in full swing for one month by the time I arrived in Hawai'i. Directed by Fumio Nanjo of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, and curated by Ngahiraka M

Fade out copy.
Read More
8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 5 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea

Fade out copy.
Read More
M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow Related Press M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow 21 October 2016, Art Radar Journal

M+ has been steadily building their collection since the late 2000s, unlike many of the museums built in the period 1990-2010 as part of a global museum building boom and that opened without a single artwork to their name. Barcelona’s Museu d’Art Contemporani, London’s The Power Station of Art and Beijing’s Red Brick...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris Related Press Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris 19 October 2016, Art Radar Journal

The Parisian edition of Asia Now, 20 – 23 October 2016, intends to create a France-based platform for commercial and 'intellectual exchange' for the Asia-pacific arts community. Art Radar previews 6 must sees and speaks to Director Alexandra Fain about the fair in its second edition as well as curator Magda Danysz about the special...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Eko Nugroho are added to Ocula.
Sign Up