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b. 1973, Indonesia

Nyoman Masriadi Biography

Nyoman Masriadi is a leading artist of the post-Suharto era and one of the most prominent Indonesian Contemporary artists in the Southeast Asian region. His most recent solo show was in April 2011 in New York. This came after a successful preview of his painting ‘Tragedy’ at Art Basel Miami 2010. Nyoman Masriadi and his works have gained a select collectors base, which includes prominent collectors in and around the region.

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Masriadi received his training in art at the Institute Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. From the time he was an art student, he had already been recognized by peers as one of the very first contemporary Balinese artists who eased himself away from an encompassing concern with Balinese life, culture and traditions in his works. The visual imagery and narratives in his paintings are derived from keen and intelligent observations of social life and behavioural traits. Masriadi’s works are marked by consistent high quality — thoughtful in the messages that transmit from scenes and figures in his pictorial world, and painstakingly detailed in execution and finish. His visual vocabulary is striking, continuously refreshing and relevant.

A monograph, ‘Nyoman Masriadi – Reconfiguring the Body’ by renown author and art historian, TK Sabapathy and poet and editor of Tempo Magazine, Goenawan Mohamed was recently launched in Singapore. This publication uncovers the layers and thoughts behind his bold works placed within context of Indonesia. An interview between TK Sabapathy and Nyoman Masriadi lends a rare insight from an artist who prefers to speak through his paintings rather than in interviews.

His maiden solo show took place at the Singapore Art Museum in collaboration with Gajah Gallery in 2008, “Masriadi: Black Is My Last Weapon,” spanned across Masriadi’s 10-year career and explored the evolution of his signature dominant use of the colour black, a motif now widely copied by other Indonesian painters. Masriadi’s preference for the use of black is aimed towards infusing his pictorial bodies with weight and immensity. The show also highlighted Masriadi’s sarcastic humour, often expressed through small scribbles in black ink on strategic places on his canvases, and his focus on power relations inherent in everyday situations.

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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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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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Nyoman Masriadi at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York Related Press Nyoman Masriadi at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 20 June 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

The allure and charm of Indonesian artist Nyoman Masriadi might be in his inherent rebelliousness—the compulsion to do the opposite of what one is told and a strong aversion to hierarchy and rules, regardless of the reasoning behind them. This might be a characteristic that traces back to growing up during the Suharto era (1967–98)...

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Indonesian artist Nyoman Masriadi at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York - in pictures Related Press Indonesian artist Nyoman Masriadi at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York - in pictures 10 June 2016, Art Radar Journal

Nyoman Masriadi (b. 1973, Bali) studied art at the Indonesian Art Institute Yogykarta but left before his final assessment due to a conflict with his teachers, according to The Jakarta Post. Returning to Bali in 1997, Masriadi worked for a year as a painter of souvenir portraits of mythological Balinese figures, and the experience reportedly led to...

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