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Under The Stars, 2015

Acrylic on Canvas
100 x 150cm

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The artist often thinks about people who are influenced by thoughts of other figures – mainly idols or those who inspire the mass. After all, we live in a society where our every action and thought is influenced by our own perceived understanding of something; that something being a particular social system, economics, politics, culture and etcetera. This very human capability, intelligence, is what forms the structure of our daily lives, including the formation of cities and the urbanization of places that we live in – ultimately borne out of a desire to an improved tomorrow.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Purwanto was born in Jember, East Java in 1977. He was interested in Visual Art since Junior High School and started to teach himself art after graduating. He began to paint during his school days at SMAN I Ambulu ( National Senior High School I) and won some Visual Art competitions which were held by Kiss FM, a radio station in Jember. After graduating from Senior High School, he joined his art teacher to establish ” Panji Laras," an art workshop, and eventually pursued arts at ISI Yogyakarta. In 2012, he saw Thomas Ott’s scratchboard comics and started to explore the scratching technique on canvas. The sheer amount of random composition of thousands scratching lines seems to suggest that people be more patient and careful in reading and rereading the various nuances of social cultures that exist in humanity. Read More

  • +Exhibitions

    Group Exhibition
    2015 “Bahtera Anak Pertiwi” (“Child Of Indonesian Ark”)
    2010 “Senang-Senang” ("Have Fun”), Tujuh Bintang Art Space Yogyakarta  
    2009 “Rare View Mirror”, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta// “Jogja Deathmatch”, Roomate Gallery Yogyakarta// Komidi Putar (Merry-go-round), Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta & Bentara Budaya Jakarta// “Tanda Mata”, (Gift) Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta  
    2008 “Freedom Mon Decor Painting Festiival, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta & Galeri nasional jakarta//”#010#, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta //”Wathatitha”, Coral Gallery Yogyakarta  
    2002 “Serangan Fajar”, Benteng Vredeburg Yogyakarta.  

    Freelance Work
    2011 Vendor Mural at Art Visual studio in VMM Bekasi  
    2013 Artisan for painting property  “Wedus Gembel”, Snuff Puppets Australia  
    2014 Ashley Bickerton’s Artisan  

    Collaborative Work 
    2012-2014 : Yogya Art Labs

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