Adi Gunawan

Sandaran Hati (The Leaning of Heart), 2019
Bronze Painted , 47 x 35 x 55 cm

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About the artwork

Adi Gunawan uses curves and rounded figures to great effect in creating a sense of comfort and warmth. In Sandaran Hati, this is done once more, with both figures bearing contented smiles as they delight in each other’s company. This sculpture conjures feelings of belonging, safety and happiness, with the woman leaning on the man for support.



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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