Painting, Sculpture, Installation

Eko Nugroho

Indonesia 1977

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Eko Nugroho
Eko Nugroho
February 26, 2015
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Eko Nugroho is one of the most acclaimed members of the young generation of Indonesian contemporary artists. Nugroho’s work represents the daily life of Indonesian society, which is on one hand strongly hierarchical and Muslim-influenced and on the other hand influenced by globalization and the western value system.

Nugroho was born in 1977 and grew up in Java and resides in one of the island’s major art centres, Yogyakarta. His works are grounded in both local traditions and global popular culture. In particular, he has cited the influence of traditional batik and embroidery styles. There is of course also a powerful inspiration from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics. He is part of the generation that came to maturity during the period of upheaval and reform that occurred in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the subsequent fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy in Indonesia. He is deeply engaged with the culture of his time and is committed to making socio-political commentary in his work.  In 2000, Nugroho founded Daging Tumbuh, a collaborative sine that invites participation from non-artists. In addition to drawings and painting, he works in a variety of other media, including murals, sculpture, animation, and tapestry.

In his paintings this contrast is visualized by showing fantasy beings comprised of human limbs and machine elements with faces mostly hidden behind masks or helmets. By juxtaposing these images with humorous but also critical texts and sayings, Nugroho tries to entice especially the young Indonesian generation to deal with political issues. He develops his skills in as many mediums as he can, from painting to drawing and video to more traditional hand craft techniques such as hook rugging. He captures the noise and the frenzy of the street, the eye-contact, identity, attitudes. He translates this flow in his drawings and patterns which invade the space.

Eko Nugroho participated at the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2013 and at the Lyon Biennal, Lyon, France in 2009. He held solo exhibitions at the Singapore Tyler Print Institure, Singapore (2013), at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2012), at the Peking Fine Art, Beijing, China (2009), at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2008) and at Artoteek, The Hague, The Netherlands (2005).

Eko Nugroho lives and works in Yogyakarta.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Threat as a Flavour ARNDT, Berlin, GermanySolo
2012Témoin Hybride, MAM Paris, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Contemporary Indonesia Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UKGroup
2012Negari Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Jogja National Museum, Jogja, Indonesia Migration, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2012Fantasy Islands Louis Vuitton Island Maison, SingaporeGroup
2011The Eko Chamber Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, AustraliaSolo
2011Snobs Behind ketchup Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY, USASolo
2011The Republic Needs More Semeleh ARK Galerie, Jakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2011Beyond the East Macro (Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art), Rome, ItalyGroup
2011Asia: Looking South ARNDT, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, AustraliaGroup
2011Transfiguration & Contemporary Mythologies Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Close the Gap: Indonesia Art Today Melbourne International Fine Art, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011Isles of a City Named Jogja Primo Marella Art Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011Decompression # 10: Ruangrupa Anniversary Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Kado #2 Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Group Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Post-Tsunami Art Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010The Golden Age Ark Galerie, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Milestone Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Hibridization North Art Space, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Beacons of the Archipelago: Contemporary Art from South East Asia Arario Gallery, Cheonan, SouthKoreaGroup
2010Ni 50 Jar, Part 1 Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, The Netherlands Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art in Indonesia...Group
2010Heat Wave Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY, USAGroup
2010The Comical Brothers Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Lihat! Video Art from Indonesia Galería Jesús Gallardo, Leon, MexicoGroup
2009Solo Exhibition of Eko Nugroho Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, The NetherlandsSolo
2009Under the Shadow Pekin Fine Art, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2009In the Name of Pating Tlecek, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2009Hidden Violence Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2009Biennale Jogja X: Jogja Jamming Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2009X Biennale DE LYON The Spectacle of The Everyday, Lyon, FranceGroup
2009Beyond the Dutch Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, The NetherlandsGroup
2009Tales from Wounded Land Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, LA, USAGroup
2009Dorodoro, Doron –The Uncanny World in Folk and Contemporary Art in Asia Hiroshima Museum ofContemporary Art, Hiroshima, JapanGroup
2009Fluid Zones Jakarta Biennale 2009, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2008Multicrisis is Delicious Galeri Semarang, Semarang, IndonesiaSolo
2008The Pleasures of Chaos ARK Galerie, Jakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2008Mask-Gemaskerd Heden, The Hague, The NetherlandsGroup
2008Expenditure: 2008 Busan Biennale Busan, South KoreaGroup
2008Dari Penjara Ke Pigura Salihara Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2008Manifesto Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2008Something from Nothing Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, USAGroup
2007In Wonderland Valentine Willie Fine Art Project Room, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaSolo
2007Geopolitical of AnimationThe Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, Seville, SpainGroup
2007Militia: OK Video Festival Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2007100 Tahun Affandi (100 Years of Affandi) National Archives Building, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2007Masa Lalu Masa Lupa (The Past the Forgotten Times): Six Indonesian Artists Interpret Indonesian History, Artoteek, The Hague, The Netherlands; Cemeti ArtGroup
2007M1- Fringe Festival National Museum of Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2007Wind From the East: Perspectives on Contemporary Asian Art Kiasma Museum of ContemporaryArt, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2006Merdeka Atoe Sms Toimoi, Jakarta, IndonesiaSolo
20065th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, AustraliaGroup
2006Taipei Biennial 2006: Dirty Yoga Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2005Sorry I Am Late to Celebrate Artnivora Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2005Eko Nugroho Artoteek, The Hague, The NetherlandsSolo
2005Sub - Version: OK Video Festival Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2005Shadow and Spaces: Contemporary Art from South East Asia Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin,GermanyGroup
2005Three Young Contemporaries Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaGroup
2005Bali Art Biennial: Space and Scape Denpasar, IndonesiaGroup
2004Welcome Back Mayonnaise Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2004Move on Asia: Animation and Single Channel Video Art Festival Remo Gallery, Osaka, JapanGroup
2004Reformasi: Contemporary Indonesian Artists In the Post-Suharto Era Sculpture Square, SingaporeGroup
2004Have We Met? The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Equatorial Heat Sichuan Art Museum, Chengdu, ChinaGroup
2003Fight MeVia-Via Café, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2003Countrybution: Yogyakarta Biennial VII Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2003Ok Video Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2003Exploring VacuumCemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2002Bercerobong (Like a Chimney) Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2002Tali Ikat: Fiber Connections Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2001Gelart Gelaran Budaya, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2001Kabinet Komik Indie Gelaran Budaya, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup