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Gatot Indrajati

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Born 1980 in Bogor, Indonesia

Gatot Indrajati was born in Bogor, West Java, but grew up in Magelang, one of the major cities in Central Java. Since young, Gatot has always had an affinity with wood, fashioning his own toys creating his own versions of superheroes by his own handiwork, not able to afford the commercially available metal or plastic figures and toys enjoyed by children his own age.

Later on in life, pursuing his higher education at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI), wood became the primary medium for his sculpting work. His artworks, regardless of whether they are sculptural toys, assemblages or paintings, demonstrate the affinity Gatot continues to have with wood. 

Gatot Indrajati is thus far the only artist to have won the UOB Painting of the Year award twice; the first time in 2011, and once again in 2016. Not only did he win the award a second time, but Right or Wrong My Home, the artwork submitted, was selected for the Painting of the Year at the regional level as well.

His depictions of wooden toys on canvas are critiques of society, dolls and toys becoming metaphors for those who become the playthings of others, a phenomenon that exists in society today but not often acknowledged. His works provide a “second life” to these playthings, as well as provide a platform for Gatot to express his opinions about issues he observes in society, be they sociological or ecological in nature.

Education

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

Awards

2016

Winner, UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year 2016
Winner, UOB Indonesia Painting of the Year 2016 (Established Artist Category)

2011

Winner, UOB Indonesia Painting of the Year 2011

2008

Winner, Indonesian Art Award 2008

Solo Exhibitions

2019

(re)construct, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2018

Kotak Utak-Atik (“The Tinkering Box”, solo installation project), Children’s Art Space, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014

The Puppet State, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore and Srisasanti Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2010

Simple Pleasure, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

Group Exhibitions

2019

Asia Now – Paris Asian Art Fair, 9 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France
Art Jakarta 2019, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)
Hotel Art Fair Bangkok 2019, W Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (with Artemis Art)
AArt Citizen Art Shanghai 2019, Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai, China (with Artemis Art)
Art Tainan 2019, Tayih Landis Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)

2018

Art Jakarta 2018, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)
Art Stage Singapore, UOB Showcase, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore

2017

Art Sampoerna: Flow Into Now, Sampoerna Strategic Square, Jakarta, Indonesia
Celebrating Diversity, LATAR, Jakarta, Indonesia
Art-tivities Now, Breeze Art Space, Tangerang, Indonesia
Beijing International Art Biennale 2017, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2016

Cartography of Painting, Albert Gallery, Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia

2013

Bazaar Art Jakarta, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Big Small Show, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

2011

Art Seasons Anniversary Show, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
Art Stage Singapore 2011, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore
UOB Painting of The Year Finalists Showcase, UOB Plaza, Jakarta, Indonesia

2009

SH Contemporary 09, Shanghai, China
Borderless World, Srisasanti Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ASYAAF (Asian Student & Young Artist Art Festival), Seoul, Korea

2008

Space Dialectics, Srisasanti Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia Art Awards 2008, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia

In The Media

2019

Artist Feature: Gatot Indrajati” – Singapore Art Museum Facebook page, July 28 2019
Pesona ‘Kardus’ Gatot Indrajati Bakal Menyapa Singapura” – Detik.com, June 24 2019

2018

Museum Macan unveils interactive installation for children” – The Jakarta Post, August 21 2018
Cardboard Art for Children at Museum MACAN” – Jakarta Globe, August 9 2018
Museum MACAN to present works of Gatot Indrajati in Children’s Art Space” – The Jakarta Post, July 24 2018

2016

Patriotic art wins UOB prize” – The Nation Thailand, November 11 2016
Indonesia artist wins UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year” – Channelnews Asia, November 9 2016
Artist wins UOB painting award for second time” – The Jakarta Post, October 25 2018

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