Spirit of Gandhi
Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm
About the artwork
The artist forms his portraits by lines made from carved scratches, or materials such as threads and wires. It is these very lines that give the faces a kinetic quality, they shift from seemingly realistic features to ones presented in a dream-like state. He carves into the the thick layer of textured material, in an approach which is derived from a very primitive need to visualize expressions and feelings.
About the artist
Stefan Buana is a rising star amongst Indonesia's emerging artists, marking his way with fascinating paintings and exquisite sculptures that challenge and amuse his collectors and critics. Stefan is known for his constant experimentation with various styles and media and his creation of unique art pieces using non-traditional materials such as torched metal and rough craquelure.
In recent years, Stefan's approach has shifted from abstraction with bold strokes, earthly colors and unusual figures to works that have a more conceptual content that represent his creative ideas and values. Tactile and pleasing to the eye, the paintings of Stefan Buana are deceptively benign. But don't be lulled by the pastel shades and fine lines as "Stefan is making strong social and political statements" says Michael Vatikiotis - former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, in his review for Stefan's solo exhibition at Galeri Nasional, Jakarta in 2008.