Taufik Ermas

b. 1984 in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

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2010  Bachelor of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta

The dialectics of space and investigations into human perception are two central elements embodied within the current body of work by Indonesian visual artist Taufik Ermas. The thought processes contributing to his artistic practice are heavily influenced by philosophy and psychology, two areas of human knowledge that are closely intertwined.

In 2006, Taufik almost lost his life in the tragic earthquake that shook the city of Yogyakarta, where he lives and works. He was rescued from the rubble in which he was momentarily trapped when the structure he was in collapsed. The traumatic experience of being trapped within treacherously constricted space during this ordeal, not knowing whether he would survive, has since become an important driver in the development of his work.

The experience also marked an important inflection point, something that made Taufik reevaluate his outlook to life, and consequentially, his approach to artmaking.

In his Cut-Out series of works, human silhouettes that outline the blank three-dimensional spaces in his sculptural paintings are symbolic of Taufik’s representation of the constant human quest to seek answers about ourselves, and our place in this world. The emptiness and void in this series of works are reflections of our own feelings of being incomplete, as we struggle with questions about our true purpose.

The aesthetic strength of this series is among the key reasons why he was selected as one of the two installation artists for the 2017 edition of Bakaba, the annual Padang artist showcase held as part of Jogja Art Weeks, during the month-long period surrounding ArtJog in Yogyakarta.

As an artist, Taufik continues to experiment and explore new forms his artwork might take. His more recent Contoured/Layered artworks incorporate a different method of augmenting canvases, a process involving sewing, stuffing, and reinforcing that creates a dual structure on either side of the canvas – linear ridges on one, and analogous mirrored indented lines on the other.

Initially created to visually depict and imply psychological scarring, this technique has been expanded to become what the artist describes as “dual-surfaced paintings”; the reverse side of the canvas depicting a mirrored analog of the central subject, either outlined or indented. Artworks created using the Contoured/Layered technique express the many paradoxes of everyday life, and the many questions often arising from them.

Collectively, Taufik’s works clearly exemplify his strength as a figurative painter. But more interestingly, he is a skilled painter who has taken painting beyond mere renderings on simple two-dimensional planes, the physicality and structure of the painting themselves becoming bearers of aesthetics and ideas the artist expresses.

Solo Exhibitions


The Sentience of Subtle Intelligence, Volta Basel 2022, Basel, Switzerland (with Artemis Art)
Invisible Presence, Mono8 Gallery, Manila, Philippines


In Absentia (virtual exhibition), Mono8 Gallery, Manila, Philippines


Bohemian Poetry, Bale Banjar, Sankring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (mini solo, Peaceful Seeker #2 project)


Triple-Solo: Desrat Fianda, Wahyu Widyardini & Taufik Ermas, Sangking Art Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (curated by Sudjud Dartanto)


Eksplorasi Ruang, Galeri Katamsi, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Group Exhibitions


Asia Now Paris Asian Art Fair 2022, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France (with Artemis Art)
Art Jakarta 2022, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)
Bakaba #8: Noise, Sarang Building II, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yogya Annual Art #7: Flow, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art For All, GMBB KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (with Artemis Art)
Xavier Art Fest 2022, Xavier School, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines (with Mono8 Gallery, in collaboration with Artemis Art)
After Mooi Indie #4, R.J. Katamsi Gallery, Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Confluent Bearings, Mono8 Gallery, Manila, Philippines
HERE/THERE – Art Central Hong Kong 2021, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong (with Artemis Art)
Art Fair Philippines 2021: All to the Present, Mono8 Gallery, Manila, Philippines


OPPO Art Jakarta Virtual 2020, Online virtual art fair, via https://artjakarta.com/ (with Artemis Art)
Yogya Annual Art #5 – Hybridity, Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, K11 Atelier King’s Road, Hong Kong
Roots #1, Bilai Art Space, Sarang Complex Building 2, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art Fair Philippines 2020, The Link, Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines (with Artemis Art – a sold-out showing for the artist)


Tread to the Future, SMSR Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Greng – Celebration of Widayat 100 Years, Museum & Tanah Liat (in collaboration with SICA), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Xavier Art Fest 2019, Xavier School, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines (with Artemis Art)
Tambo #4 Sipangka, Auditorium Bung Hatta, Bukittinggi, Indonesia
Art Jakarta 2019, Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)
Bebas, Sakato Art Community at Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art Taichung 2019, Millennium Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)
Hangzhou Art Fair 2019, Hangzhou International Expo Centre, Hangzhou, China (with Artemis Art)
80 tahun nan ampuh – Tribute to OHD, Syang Art Space, Magelang, Indonesia
Antara Surau dan Rantau, After Mooi Indie #3, R.J. Katamsi Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
E. A. S, Luxor Hall Pyramyd, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Composing Equator, Donna Art & Consulting, Taipei, Taiwan
Celebration of the Future, AB.BC Building, Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia
PLUS, Sakato Art Community at Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Prisoner of Hope, SPEKTRUM 100 Years Hendra Gunawan, Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Art Jakarta 2018, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)
Bakaba #7: Zaman NOW, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Bromance, After Mooi Indie #2, R.J. Katamsi Gallery, Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ping Project #4, Studio Aruna Yunizar, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Peaceful Seeker #1, Tony Raka Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Bricolage, Sakato Art Community, in collaboration with D Gallerie, Jakarta, Indonesia


Bakaba #6: indONEsia, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yogya Annual Art #2: Bergerak, Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Deepest Imagination, Raintree Boutique Villa & Gallery House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In-Material, Ruang Dalam Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Sequence, Nuart Sculpture Park, Bandung, Indonesia
Bakaba #4: Randang dan Rendang, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Archive, Yogyakarta Open Studio 15, PartNER, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Hospitally, Berlin Open Studio 14, Studio Fendry Ekel, Berlin, Germany
International Relation, Yogyakarta Open Studio #2, PartNER, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Versi: Sculpture Triennial Exhibition, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia
Tanda Mata X: Collection Show of Bentara Budaya, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Bakaba # 3, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pandora Box #2, Office For Contemporary Art (OFCA) International, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Manifesto #4, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia


Peta Pergaulan, Yogyakarta Open Studio #1, PartNER Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Silaturahmi #2, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
Pandora Box #1, Office For Contemporary Art (OFCA) International, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Fragments of Lie (Duo Show Desrat Fianda & Taufik Ermas), Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Agitasi Garuda, Team SAYASUKA, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Bakaba #2: Antara Pintu Dan Halaman, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Jakarta Biennale #14: Maximum City, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia


Bakaba #1, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Green Carnival, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Meringkus Tubuh, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia Art Award, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia
Magainin, Jakarta Art District, Grand Indonesia Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia
Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Akhir Tahun EG-JAD, Grand Indonesia Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia


Trap[esium], Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Antara Nama dan Nama, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Palais Project, Palais Breuner, Singerstraβe 16, A-1010, Vienna, Austria
C-Art Show, Grand Indonesia Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia
Reach Art Project!: Act One, Edwin’s Gallery-Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bazaar Art Jakarta, Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Reality Bites: 25th Anniversary of Edwin’s Gallery, Edwin’sGallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kaba Rang Rantau, EGO Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Komedi Putar, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Survey, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Innerscape, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Family Life, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Perversion, Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia


Ride The Light, Team SAYASUKA, Parkir Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Have Fun, Team SAYASUKA, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Artmosphere Academic, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Jalin Bapilin, Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Gotri 03, Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ETC, with Group Getar, Putri Gallery, Padang, Indonesia
Environmental Art, Bebeng, Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Finalist, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, The Sovereign Foundation, Hong Kong


Finalist, Indonesia Art Awards


Finalist, artmosphere Academic Art Award

Residency Experience


GLO’ART Global Art Center, Lanaken, Belgium


GLO’ART Global Art Center, Lanaken, Belgium
Nuart Sculpture Park, Bandung, Indonesia

Taufik Ermas shares some insights into the philosophy behind his artwork, plus a brief look at the process used in creating his latest series of works.

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