S.Dwi Stya Acong

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About The Artist

S. Dwi Stya Acong was born in 1977 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Acong studied Fine Art at the Indonesia Institute of the Art, Yogyakarta. The way in which light is captured in Acong's paintings is reminiscent of the repertoire of the earlier Impressionists. Through his short, unblended brushstrokes, he achieves an effect of intense color vibrations. This makes further apparent the rupture between time and space, which is the recurring theme of his works. The anonymous men always seem out of place within the luxuriant hues of the paintings, yet they also make Acong's compositions particularly haunting and unforgettable. As S.Dwi Stya Acong renders absurd situations with stunning ease, he presents us with a fresh interpretation of Surrealist art. S.Dwi Stya Acong was one of the finalists for the Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award in 2000. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Taiwan. 

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The blurred lines between reality and dreams frequently make our waking lives an inextricable mix of both. In his surrealistic paintings, S.Dwi Stya Acong explores this tension to great depths by presenting a disquieting mix of both the abstract and the physical. Acong's work commonly features men with their backs turned to the viewer, presenting forlorn figures amidst various isolated landscapes. Floating above these landscapes are gossamer-thin lines, which join to form otherworldly prismatic shapes suspended in mid-air. The jarring contrast between these strange glowing structures and the concrete, palpable colors of the background jolt the viewer into the realization that reality could be in either of these realms. Which world, then, do we live in? More importantly, which world should we choose? The idea that our existence is a choice is both disconcerting but also endlessly fascinating.




Jakarta Art Award International Painting Competition 

Finalist, Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award 

Solo Exhibitions 

"Seeds of Light", Afandi Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"Time Gong", Koong Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

"Interlude" Culture Pendapa Asdrafi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Selected Exhibitions

Art Expo Malaysia 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Nort Art Space, Jakarta Indonesia

ArtJog 11 Yokyakarta Cultural Park, Indonesia
Jakarta Art Bazaar 2011 
Ritz Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian Art Now - The Strategies of Being, ArtJog, 10 Yokyakarta Cultural Park, Indonesia

CIGE 2009, Koong Gallery, Beijing, China
Art Taipei 2009, Koong Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

"Manifesto," National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Series V-Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"Waktu Gong," Koong Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Journey of Indonesian Painting, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia

"Saksi Mata," Bentara Budaya Collection, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Replay, Socitet Yogyakarta Cultural Park, Indonesia 

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