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b. 1975, Indonesia

Handiwirman Saputra Biography

Born in Bukkittinggi, West Sumatra, Handiwirman Saputra is a co-founder of the Jendala Art Group. Alongside Etang Wiharso, Christine Ay Tjoe, Rudi Mantofani and other colleagues from the Institut Seni Indonesia, these Post-Reformist artists adopted mundane materials as a basis for artistic exploration. Often seen as reactionary following the politicised production of artists under the Suharto regime, Jendala artists provoke formalist readings by critics yet have  collectively addressed a range of concerns. Saputra himself works between installation and painting. His use of found objects are often suggestive of events, landscapes and images but in themselves resist any connotations of symbolism and metaphor.

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The ambiguity of his works is often heightened by a shift in scale, transforming the banal into the monumental. However the artist is reluctant to participate in the 'grand narratives' of Yogyakarta art, which has been dominated by figurative and social concerns. Instead Saputra works associatively, imbuing his works with a sense of the absurd and a visual clarity that has become a hallmark of his practice since mid-2000.

Handiwirman Saputra Featured Artworks

Gambar 3D Dari Pemangkasan #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 by Handiwirman Saputra contemporary artwork
Handiwirman SaputraGambar 3D Dari Pemangkasan #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, 2017Print, Clear Resin, 3D image, Acrylic Paint
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Ujung Sangkut Sisi Sentuh I #04 / Suspended Forms #04 by Handiwirman Saputra contemporary artwork
Handiwirman SaputraUjung Sangkut Sisi Sentuh I #04 / Suspended Forms #04, 2011Paper pulp drawing with translucent abaca paper
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Handiwirman Saputra Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, GENSET at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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17 January–8 March 2020 Group Exhibition GENSET Gajah GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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25 January–18 February 2018 Group Exhibition LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau Gajah GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Archaeology of the Present at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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22 July–13 August 2016 Group Exhibition Archaeology of the Present Gajah GallerySingapore

Handiwirman Saputra Represented By

Gajah Gallery contemporary art gallery in Singapore Gajah Gallery Singapore, Yogyakarta

Handiwirman Saputra In Ocula Magazine

Fake Furries Feature in Art Basel Hong Kong's Encounters Section Ocula News Fake Furries Feature in Art Basel Hong Kong's Encounters Section Hong Kong, 28 January 2020

The fair's most Instagrammable section will feature 12 works, including Gimhongsok's fictitious furries and textile off-cuts by Marion Baruch.

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Handiwirman Saputra In Related Press

Highlights from Art Stage Singapore 2017 Related Press Highlights from Art Stage Singapore 2017 17 January 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

It was a festive occasion on January 11, the preview day of the 7th edition of Art Stage Singapore; regional art lovers rubbed shoulders and champagne flowed freely as the city anticipated another annual round of Singapore Art Week (1/11-22) events. While artists and collectors milled around the booths, the 132 participating galleries were busy...

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GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Related Press GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION 24 November 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

One of Singapore’s oldest, continuously running private galleries, Gajah Gallery, marks its 20th anniversary this year. Gallery owner and director Singaporean Jasdeep Sandhu has for two decades been highlighting artists from throughout Southeast Asia and launching the careers of some of the region’s most celebrated talents. The...

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Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art Related Press Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art 16 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Held at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, the inaugural edition of Art Stage Jakarta featured 33 international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States, and 16 local galleries. In addition there were a number of supported events, such as talk shows, seven private VIP tours of collector’s homes, public artworks and two...

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