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b. 1960, Indonesia

Heri Dono Biography

Unquestionably one of Indonesia’s best known contemporary artists, he graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta, where he received the prize for Best Painting in 1981 and 1985. Heri Dono is best known through his installations which are heavily influenced by, and the result of experimenting with, the most popular Javanese folk theatre: wayang. Wayang performances combine a number of artistic and extra-artistic elements - visual arts, singing, music, story telling, along with a mythological story-based philosophy of life, social criticisms, and humour. Dono, who continues to live and work in Yogyakarta, combines humoristic comments through his work on Indonesia's political and social problems. 

Heri Dono Featured Artworks

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The Mountain Dragon by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoThe Mountain Dragon, 2017Acrylic on canvas
160 x 200 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Flying Angels II by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoFlying Angels II, 2014Acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Pembawa Baterai Superhero - Superhero by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoPembawa Baterai Superhero - Superhero, 2017Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Hillary Clinton by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoHillary Clinton, 2017Acrylic on cardboard, bamboo
31 x 12 inches
Baik Art Enquire
Donald Trump by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoDonald Trump, 2017Acrylic on cardboard, bamboo
30.5 x 11.5 inches
Baik Art Enquire
Momotaro by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoMomotaro, 2015Cardboard, acrylic paint, bamboo

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Para Site
Brush on His Face by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoBrush on His Face, 2017Drypoint on Saunders Waterford 638gsm paper
30 x 30 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
The Clown who Lives in a Chaos Macro Cosmos by Heri Dono contemporary artwork
Heri DonoThe Clown who Lives in a Chaos Macro Cosmos, 2015Screenprint, handpainted acrylic on canvas and felt
175.5 x 126.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery

Heri Dono Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Echo among Geographies at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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19 March–18 April 2020 Group Exhibition Echo among Geographies Tang Contemporary ArtHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, FIVE at Baik Art, Los Angeles
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22 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition FIVE Baik ArtLos Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, An Opera for Animals at Para Site, Hong Kong
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22 June–25 August 2019 Group Show An Opera for Animals Para SiteHong Kong

Heri Dono Represented By

Baik Art contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, USA Baik Art Los Angeles, Seoul
Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok

Heri Dono In Ocula Magazine

‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum By Penny Liu, Shanghai

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22...

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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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Heri Dono Ocula Conversation Heri Dono By Lucy Rees, Jakarta

Born in 1960 in Jakarta, Heri Dono is unquestionably one of Indonesia’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, developing a distinctive style early on that came out of an exploration of Javanese puppet theatre. Drawing on traditional aspects of Indonesian culture and art making, his immersive multi-media installations and paintings...

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Heri Dono In Related Press

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Jakarta’s Museum Macan launches with exhibition of who’s who in Eastern and Western art Related Press Jakarta’s Museum Macan launches with exhibition of who’s who in Eastern and Western art 29 August 2017, Post Magazine

Chinese collectors have so quickly become a mainstay of the art market that it is easy to forget that wealthy Southeast Asian connoisseurs started buying contemporary art decades earlier.

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JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON Related Press JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON 30 June 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

While summer is generally known for being a slow time in the world art calendar, June in Tokyo proved to be one of the busiest months of the year, with the opening of the first Japan outpost of Galerie Perrotin, a large retrospective of a beloved Swiss sculptor and notable exhibitions showcasing established contemporary Japanese artists. Here are...

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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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'Zaman/Edan: The Age of Craziness' Heri Dono Related Press 'Zaman/Edan: The Age of Craziness' Heri Dono 22 June 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

Semar, the grotesque dwarf, capers among men and gods, confounding both good and evil. His absurdist antics (which include habitual farting) are legendary; yet he is a wise and powerful protector, bringing about balance in the midst of strife. Semar, along with a host of heroes and demons, appears in wayang kulit or traditional Javanese...

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Heri Dono In Video & Audio

Heri Dono: 'Zaman Edan' (The Age of Craziness) Related Video & Audio Heri Dono: 'Zaman Edan' (The Age of Craziness) 18 May 2016, STPI Gallery

Heri Dono is best known for his wildly imaginative installations of strong visual commentaries that explore sociopolitical issues and human behavior, such as the notable Voyage – Trokomod at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Zaman Edan (The Age of Craziness) is the Indonesian artist's latest explorations in print and paper at STPI...

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