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b. 1977, Indonesia

Eko Nugroho Biography

Eko Nugroho was born and bred in Yogyakarta, in the heart of Indonesia’s most densely populated island, Java. Trained at the Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia), he entered the local art scene in the late 1990s, during the Reformasi (Reformation) era, when Indonesia was breaking free from the reigns of its New Order regime.

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It was an intense and exciting period in Indonesia’s contemporary art history; freedom of expression had suddenly become a reality, and for the artistic community, this tabula rasa meant that anything and everything was possible. Cities like Yogyakarta became the center for dynamic expressions and new approaches as artists seized the opportunity to play, experiment, and exercise their newfound freedom. He daringly took on the city as his inspiration and his canvas, working across disciplines, agilely jumping from highly visible murals project to paintings and drawings, book projects, comics and animation to embroideries, sculptures, and recently contemporary interpretations of wayang kulit (shadow puppets), a traditional art form performed regularly in his village.

Early Eko Nugroho works include murals and ‘mixed-media installations’ where homemade stickers, embroidered badges and drawings were pasted on the inner city walls for public consumption. . Imbued with macabre humour and satire, Nugroho’s comic inspired work may come across as seemingly straightforward – often a central figure standing against a simple background, presented as a series of simple scenes from a larger narrative­ – while the artist’s inimitable ‘pating tlecek’ style of fusing and juxtaposing a wide range of visual elements (and languages), lends his work a certain layer of absurdity.

Eko Nugroho Featured Artworks

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The Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia” by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoThe Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia”, 2016Fiberglass painted with acrylic, manual embroidery
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Love, Ego, Money by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
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
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
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
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
(Photo Series) Yes is for Yes, No is for No by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko Nugroho(Photo Series) Yes is for Yes, No is for No, 2013C-type print
122 x 182 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
(Photo Series) Life is Comfort Then You Have to Pay Taxi Meter by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko Nugroho(Photo Series) Life is Comfort Then You Have to Pay Taxi Meter, 2013C-Type print
122 x 182 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery

Eko Nugroho Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, Allegories & Identities at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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18 November–23 December 2017 Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso Allegories & Identities STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Looks Good on Paper at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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19 November–23 December 2016 Group Exhibition Looks Good on Paper STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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5–8 December 2013 Singapore Tyler Print Institute Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore

Eko Nugroho Represented By

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

Eko Nugroho In Ocula Magazine

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market By Sam Gaskin, Jakarta

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor By Rachael Vance, Hong Kong

Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has held a range of senior roles in independent art centres across the country. These include Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, both in Melbourne. Currently, Glass-Kantor divides her time between working as executive director of Artspace, Sydney, one of Australia’s...

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Eko Nugroho Ocula Conversation Eko Nugroho By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Indonesian contemporary art has enjoyed the attention of the international arts community in recent years. By tapping into the country’s distinct mix of ethnicities, religions, cultural influences, and languages that make for a rich and layered sense of national identity, Indonesian artists are increasingly communicating their unique...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Eko Nugroho In Related Press

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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 Mason, formerly of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Biennial, entitled Middle of Now | Here, is the first-ever event of its kind in the Pacific...

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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 that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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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...

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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...

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