Contemporary Art

I Nyoman Masriadi

Indonesia 1973

I Nyoman Masriadi
I Nyoman Masriadi
November 12, 2014
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I Nyoman Masriadi is a painter and a leading artist of the post-Suharto era in Indonesia. The visual imagery and narratives he uses for his paintings are derived from keen and intelligent observations of social life and behavioral traits.

Something of a phenomenon, his career is a rags-to-riches story combining creative genius, cultural sensitivity, and a refusal to conform. Masriadi’s paintings frequently depict superhuman figures whose narratives, while rooted in Indonesian cultural history, offer witty and often biting social commentary on contemporary life and global pop culture.

Masriadi’s visual vocabulary is continuously refreshing and contemporaneously relevant. As Ashley Bickerton explains; ” Masriadi’s work is decidedly of this moment. This is Indonesian art coming clearly into its own. Although we see many artists today succumbing to a convergent globalised style, Masriadi’s work has managed to fuse many divergent and distinct rhythms into one of the clearest and most Indonesian of voices”.

“Masriadi: Black Is My Last Weapon,” was the artist’s maiden solo show at the Singapore Art Museum and spanned Masriadi’s 10-year career, exploring the evolution of his signature black-skinned figures, a motif now widely copied by other Indonesian painters. Nicholas Olney, director of New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, recalls his initial impressions of this exhibition: “The humor and biting wit came through immediately,” he says. “This guy was speaking on a global level.”

Through his expert control of light, shadow and volume, Masriadi endows the monumental characters of his artworks with a sculptural, almost three-dimensional presence. Sometimes these characters appear in the archetypal roles of comic book heroes, cowboys, soldiers and athletes, but just as frequently, they are simply powerfully built men and women engaged in solitary acts of strength or captured in private moments of vulnerability.

He is presently Southeast Asia’s most well-received contemporary artist at auction and the first living Southeast Asian artist whose work has topped $1 million at auction: a testimony to his forte and talent as a painter as well as a barometer of the ascendency of Southeast Asian contemporary art.

I Nyoman Masriadi lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Past Traditions / New Voices in Asian ArtHofstra University Museum, New JerseyGroup
2012India Art Fair (former India Art Summit)Gajah Gallery, New Delhi, IndaiGroup
2012Contemporary IndonesiaBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2011Nyoman Masriadi – Recent PaintingsGajah Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2011Nyoman Masriadi – Recent PaintingsPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Group Show: Post War and Contemporary Mastersde Sarthe Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZGroup
2010Art Paris + GuestsParis, FranceGroup
2009Masriadi: Black Is My Last WeaponGajah Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2009In RainbowESA SAMPOERNA ART HOUSE, Surabaya, IndonesiaGroup
2009Jogja Biennale XJogjakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2009The Simple Art of ParodyTAIPEI MOCA, ChinaGroup
2008Masriadi: Black Is My Last WeaponSingapore Art Museum, SingaporeSolo
2008Contemporary Paintings from IndonesiaValentine Willie Fine Art - VWFA Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2008Ganti Oli: Contemporary Paintings From IndonesiaVWFA Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2006Expression of an EraGARIS ART GALLERY, Padma Hotel Bali, IndonesiaGroup
2005Beauty and TerrorGALERIE LOFT, Paris, FranceGroup
2002Not Just PoliticalH. WIDAYAT MUSEUM, Magelang, IndonesiaGroup
2002Terumbu Karang, Exhibition and AuctionJakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2002Age-hibitionEDWIN’S GALLERY, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2002Bersatu dalam RasaEDWIN’S GALLERY, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2001Kelompok 7BENTENG VREDBURG, Yogykarta, IndonesiaGroup
2000Figur di Abad BaruEDWIN’S GALLERY, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1999Biennale VIPURNA BUDAYA, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1999KnalpotCEMETI ART HOUSE, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1999I Nyoman Masriadi & I Gak MurniasihCemeti Art House, YogyakartaGroup
1998Sanggar Dewata Indonesia ExhibitionBENTENG VREDEBURG, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1997Kelompok 7 Exhibition- Sanggar Dewata IndonesiaBENTARA BUDAYA, Yogyakarta,IndonesiaGroup
1997Dies NataliasINDONESIAN ART INSTITUTE, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1996Dialog Between Two CitiesPURNA BUDAYA, Yogykarta, IndonesiaGroup
1996Kelompok 7 Exhibition- Sanggar Dewata IndonesiaSIKA GALLERY, Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaGroup
1996Sanggar Dewata Indonesia ExhibitionTAMAN BUDAYA, Surakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1996Young Artist II ExhibitionBENTENG VREDEBURG, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1995Dies NatalisINDONESIAN ART INSTITUTE, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1995Collaboration Exhibition with Australian Art StudentYogyakartaGroup
1995Indonesian Art FestivalBenteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1995Sanggar Dewata ExhibitionPURNA BUDAYA, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup
1995Sanggar Dewata IndonesiaSILKA GALLERY, Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaGroup
1994Hitam Putih + Plus – an Exhibition of Kelompok PrasidhaINDONESIAN ART INSTITUTE, Gampingan, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaGroup