Karte Wardaya was a finalist in the Philip Morris Art Award in 1995 and 2001. His artworks are based on his daily self-reflections that filter into his subconscious. He draws his inspiration from his environment and the things that happen around him. Realizing that plurality is constantly occurring around him, he integrates these multiple, unique realities with their varying ideas into his works. His artworks visualise the central subject of interest more prominently than the diverse range of interpretations and subtexts they contain. Without a literal explanation, viewers are left to ponder on how every man may be similar but different in essence and how this difference can be used to synergise with its surroundings.Read more
The artist's deep conceptual sensibilities can be seen through the multifaceted themes he includes in his work. For example, In "Last Drop", he re-defines the infinite love of a mother that selflessly gives everything she can for her baby. Borne from this holistic theme of everlasting maternal affection, it is also a piece that has a personal reflection for the artist. It is also his earnest wish that if his mother was still alive, she would get all that she wants and that truly, a mother's love is eternal until the last drop.
"Bagusan Punya Ibu" speaks of a mother's essence that is pure and true. The beauty of a mother is precious like no other, especially for her young children. A mother is alluring and charismatic, compared to anyone and in any condition, the mother still triumphs and is better than the rest.
The whimsical " Long Is Beautiful" talks about his preference for preserving traditional notions of feminine beauty: one of genteel manners, gracious natures, and long hair. He deplores the scarcity of such women who still want to retain all that they have that distinguishes them from men, comparing them to, "angels from heaven who give a hallmark".
"Beautiful Is Not Wrong" is a piece tinged with the cynicism that exists in our modern world where white can be black and black can just as easily be white. He speaks of a time where fact can differ from spoken promises, trust and authority has been misused and likewise beauty can be abused.
"The Smell of Cigarettes" questions the integrity of innocence and how purity is not as it was. He sees irony that seemingly innocent people can still pull the wool over other people's eyes and lie.