Savings Container #5 (Tabung #5), 2015
Acrylic on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
About the artwork
Stefan Buana’s technique consists of adding on layers of paint in order to mark out significant spaces on the canvas. He then masterfully carves lines as boundaries, which form familiar shapes viewers can identify such as wine bottles, glasses and beer mugs. There is symbolism in his work and and the simple images make his style communicative to audiences. His carving can be likened to a new form of sketching, while his technique maintains the fluidity of expressionism.
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.