Born 1976 in Bukit Lama, Palembang, Indonesia
It would not be an understatement to say that we were blown away the first time we saw this artist’s works back in 2012. His ability to create the illusion of texture on an otherwise very flat piece of canvas is something truly astounding. Riduan, originally from Palembang, currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, arguably the epicenter of the Indonesian contemporary art world, and one of the key regional art hubs. Riduan, like many other Indonesian artists we work with, is a graduate from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta.
Artemis Art began displaying his works sometime last year, and featured his iconic “Invasion” during Art Expo Malaysia 2012.
According to art writer Anton Larenz, in his write up on the artist as part of his solo exhibition, Riduan has not always been a figurative painter but was previously known for his abstracts earlier in his career. His current works, however, fall within the genre the writer calls “Yogya Surrealism”, an embodiment of a city that whose traditionalism is constantly being morphed by the movement of young people into the city, known for its numerous institutions of higher learning.
Artemis Art hosted Riduan’s solo exhibition in 2013. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition, and his first major exhibition outside of Indonesia.