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b. 1967, Indonesia

Entang Wiharso Biography

Being one of Indonesia's most provocative and engaging artists, Entang Wiharso his paintings and installations combine personal, Western and Indonesian mythologies and cast a critical eye on International politics, environmental issues and cultural stereotypes and prejudices.

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He is indeed drawing on history and mythology from his home culture of Indonesia, while also responding to Western culture and globalisation since making his second home in Rhode island. In his personal experiences are embedded with a strong examination of the predominant socio-political conditions of his home country Indonesia. To him, creating work is a way of understanding the human condition, of heightening our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems like love, hate, fanaticism, religion, and ideology.

Recently, an increasing use of written text has entered his works: slogans, signs, philosophy or common phrases are collected from newspapers, political campaigns, quotes from important or influential people or characters from TV or films. Used directly or altered by i.e. changing the punch line, underlying meanings are exposed and add a further component to the complex artistic language of his work. His work shows ambiguous profiles, similar to the forms of giants in the myths of Java, and combines them with contemporary elements. He puts together 'primitivism' with a cartoon’s language of his contemporary life, being able to transport primitivism in his actual reality.

'I depict the condition of humans who are often divided by complex, multilayered political, ethnic, racial, and religious systems: they co-exist yet their communication is limited and indirect. Figures are interconnected by intuitive as well as intellectual linkages, including ornamental vegetation, tongues, tails, intestines, animal skin patterns, fences and detailed landscapes.' Entang Wiharso, 2011

Stay Focus, 2011 is part of a series of wall-mounted reliefs entitled 'Comic Book Series'. These works present a variety of scenarios about the pleasures and pitfalls of power. The eye is a metaphor of awareness - our conscious - always watching, recording and reminding us of flawed choices and their repercussions. Sexuality, possession and desire also play important roles in these works and the fence, which frames the figures, alludes to boundaries which differentiate, exclude and protect. 

Entang Wiharso studied Painting at the Fine Art Department of the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2010 his solo show Love Me or Die took place at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia as well as following group shows: Rainbow Asia at the Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea, The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It at Art Paris Guest, Grand Palais-Champs Elysees, Paris, France, Contemporaneity-Indonesian Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, Bergamo, Italy and at the Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic.

Entang Wiharso Featured Artworks

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Shrouds Have No Pockets by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoShrouds Have No Pockets, 2017Aluminium, car paint, resin, colour pigment, thread, polyurethane coating
168 x 133 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Buried History by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoBuried History, 2017Acrylic, graphite, and oil on canvas with collaged eyes of resin
275 x 390 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Decoded: Reflection by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoDecoded: Reflection, 2015Cast paper, etching, copper plate, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
DECODED: SETENGAH by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoDECODED: SETENGAH, 2015Cast paper, etching, acrylic paint, yarn, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
The Shadow of Flag by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoThe Shadow of Flag, 2017Aluminium, resin, colour pigment, thread
230 x 150 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Home Sweet Home by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoHome Sweet Home, 2015Cast paper, acrylic paint, yarn, acrylic mirror, wood panel
201 x 254 x 4 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Shelter: Forest of Eyes by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoShelter: Forest of Eyes, 2015Aluminium sheet, laser cut, C-type print
127 x 184 x 3 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Undeclared Landscape by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork
Entang WiharsoUndeclared Landscape, 2013Oil
285 x 380 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Entang Wiharso Recent Exhibitions

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Entang Wiharso Represented By

Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong

Entang Wiharso In Ocula Magazine

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Entang Wiharso In Related Press

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Indonesian Art Scene Revs Up Related Press Indonesian Art Scene Revs Up

When one is new to Jakarta, one makes the mistake of not telling the cab driver to travel via the toll roads. And so it is that while creeping through the city's tight tangled backstreets, the cab fin

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Art plus: Art as food for your soul Related Press Art plus: Art as food for your soul 22 August 2016, The Jakarta Post

The eighth edition of the flagship regional event promises to be more diverse and informative than ever before, Fair Director Vivi Yip said. “We aim to connect with a broader public audience,” Vivi said. “Not only will Bazaar Art Jakarta present the artwork of world-class artists from 41 leading galleries from 11 countries...

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Art Stage Jakarta to present the best of Indonesian contemporary art Related Press Art Stage Jakarta to present the best of Indonesian contemporary art 5 August 2016, The Jakarta Post

The art fair that has helped Singapore become an international hub for contemporary art is coming to Jakarta – bringing outstanding Indonesian and foreign collections together under one roof. Held from Friday until Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel in South Jakarta, the first-ever Art Stage Jakarta will see the...

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'Navigating nameless seas': 11 Asian artists in 'Odyssey' at Singapore Art Museum Related Press 'Navigating nameless seas': 11 Asian artists in 'Odyssey' at Singapore Art Museum 13 July 2016, Art Radar Journal

The latest Singapore Art Museum group exhibition conjures stories of journeys at sea seen through the eyes of some among the most inspirational artists working in the Asia-Pacific region today. Most dictionaries describe the word ‘Odyssey’ as ‘a long and exciting journey’. In the literary world, Odyssey is...

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