Gatot Indrajati

b. 1980 in Bogor, Indonesia

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

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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.

Solo Exhibitions


(re)construct, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


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


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


Simple Pleasure, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

Group Exhibitions


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Winner, UOB Indonesia Painting of the Year 2011


Winner, Indonesian Art Award 2008

In The Media


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


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


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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