Budi Ubrux

Budi Ubrux

BORN: 1968 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The artworks of Budi Ubrux are almost immediately recognizable. The figures in this realist painter’s works are almost always draped in newspaper, a style the artist has been doing since the late 1990s. His works are social commentaries of how our reality is shaped by what we read in the media, in particular newspapers. Our knowledge about the newsmakers are often purely from what we read, the real stories often obscured by the sensational headlines and sometimes juicy reporting.

The works of Budi Ubrux allude to the world of information technology, especially the mass media that often hides reality or even does away with it. Things ‘wrapped in paper’, which is a metaphor of untruthful news coverage, disappear in the text; the real issues are dissolved and hidden by the construction of polite and expert words until the facts are reduced to nothing.

(Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Modern Indonesian Art (2nd Ed.), Bali: Koes Artbooks, 2010, p. 324)

While the direct social commentary in most of his pieces may be uniquely Indonesian, the concept of media influence and obscuration is universal. The viewer is often left with ponderous questions about who/what these figures are, what they might be like, and the “reality” beyond the printed visage. The universality of the aesthetics in this artist’s works, coupled with his skillfully executed rendering of the newspaper shrouds covering his subjects, has made Budi Ubrux one of Asia’s rising stars whose works are much sought after.



2002Indofood Art Award
2000Grand Prize winner, Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2000Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


Solo Exhibitions

2012Nggiring sapi neng PWI, Gedung PWI Yogyakarta
2010Togetherness, Parco Sculpture Park Delchianti, Italy
2008Beyond The Headlines, iPreciation, Singapore
2002Transisi, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2002Ilusi Koran, Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2014Membaca Pager Piring: Mengenang Romo Mangun, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ARTJOG|14 – Legacies of Power, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Next Pics: The Series, Albert Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013ARTJOG|13 – Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Batang Community Group Exhibition, Batang, Central Java, Indonesia
2012Art Stage, Singapore
2011Closing The Gap, MIFA Melbourne, Australia
Maximum City, Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia
2010up, de Landtsheer Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Una Finestra Sul Mondo, Mycufortea Gallery, Rome, Italy
2009Blindness and Insight, Vision from the East, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
Yogya Biennale, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2007TransposisiPainting Collection of Java, Jogjakarta Collectors, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Taipei Art Fair, Taipei, Taiwan
2005Equatorial Heat, Sichuan, China
Equatorial Heat, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Art For Aceh, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2004BARCODE: Yogyakarta Arts Festival XVI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2003Zaman Edan, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2002Mata Hati Demokrasi, Taman Budaya Surakarta, Solo, Indonesia
Jula Juli, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dimensi Raden Saleh, Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
Re-Kreasi, Museum H. Widayat, Magelang, Indonesia
2001Urip Mampir Ngombe, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2000Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
To Russia With Art, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
1998Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, Agung Rai Art Museum, Bali, Indonesia
Jogjakarta Art Festival X, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yellow Art, Zurich, Switzerland
1997Jogjakarta Art Festival IX, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1996Jogjakarta Art Festival VIII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1988Final Task Exhibition, SMSR Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1987Kelompok PANDAWA, Karta Pusaka Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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