Adi Gunawan

Sandaran Hati (Lean My Heart On), 2020
, 55 x 35 x 47 cm

USD 7,100 – 10,200

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About the artwork

Hailing from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Adi Gunawan is known for his sculptures that often contain imagery of animals and the human condition. Cast in bronze, Sandaran Hati depicts a man and a woman leaning into each other intimately. The personas of these characters are further defined by their clothing, one dressed in boxing gloves and the other a billowing dress. Despite its bulbous form and the strong impression bronze presents as a medium, their expressions carry an innate softness and sensitivity as we view their display of affection from afar.

About the artist

Adi was born in Yogyakarta in 1974, Indonesia and received his education at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. In his symbolic sculptures, Adi invokes euphoria and the significance of animals in his work due to his cultural background of growing up in an agrarian society. He uses his cultural positioning as a tool to visualize motions, gestures, characters and expressions of various subjects that he sculpts. He then conveys constructed meaning which, in and through his forms, figures and compositions, puts forth the issue of a mystical relationship between animals and humans. Adi’s highest accolade thus far was representing Indonesia at the Beijing Olympics 2008 Fine Arts Exhibition, where he was bestowed the further honor of an Olympic Torch Award. His sculpture toured Hong Kong, the United States, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and many other countries.

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