Ronald Apriyan

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Born 1979 in Prabumulih, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Originally from Prabumulih in South Sumatra, Ronald Apriyan’s artworks articulate the artist’s own experiences and observations, through the lens of children’s innocence and joyfulness expressed in the drawings and paintings they create.

The colorful artworks by Ronald, rendered in his unique style, borrow from current pop culture, and often contain interesting takes on very recognizable icons, often subtle critiques about human nature as observed by the artist. Ronald sees a certain truth in rudimentary drawings and paintings created by children and is often in awe of the colors and lines expressed by them. This observation has become an inspiration for the artist in his own paintings, creating his own fantastical scenes elicited from the innocent imaginative creations of children.

For Ronald, his canvas becomes a diary, his stories told in colors, forms, and lines. His art evokes pure joy, an expression of his own joie de vivre, created to be shared with art lovers, in their own quest to find morsels of joy and happiness in life.


Studied at Padjadjaran University, Bandung; Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta; and Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Finalist, UOB Indonesia Art Award

2003 to 2005

Best Caricature for Hari Kartini (Commemorating Kartini), Yogyakarta
Best Sketch of Fine Art, Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta
Best Mural, STP AMPTA, Yogyakarta

Solo Exhibitions


The Metropolis, Element Art Space, Singapore


Batik meet Shio, Art Jakarta 2017 Special Solo Project, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Persembahan Cinta Ronald Apriyan, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia


Rainbow Breakfast, Via Via Resto and Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Lure and Rules, Tirana Art Space Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Meet The Rabit, Arya Duta Art Space, Surabaya, Indonesia


ALHAMDULLILAH, Affandi Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


HUMAN AND HOUSE, Nagano, Japan


Football, Politics, and Entertainment, Indonesia Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Footballism, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Group Exhibitions (selected)


Nothing Gold Can Stay, Modeka Creative Space, Manila, Philippines
Shenzhen International Art Fair 2019, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China (with Artemis Art)
Sepuluh Perantau, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art Plus Shanghai, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, China
BEDA, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
OPPO X Ronald Apriyan, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Keep The Fire On #5: Obah Gumergah, SURVIVE!garage, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Saya Berani, UNAIDS Art Exhibition (curated by Artsphere), Gran Mahakam Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
Duo Exhibition: Patrick Owen X Ronald Apriyan, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Pantene Perfect + On Art Experience, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
KADO Partron, Miracle Print, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Into the Space of Time, IMAGINARIUM 2018, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Caraka, Sanggar Anak Alam, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pick Season, Simply Life, Melia Purosani Hotel, Yogyakarta
PING Project, Yunizar Studio, Yogyakarta
Art Jakarta 2018, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Group Show, Miracle Prints Artshop & Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Simply Life, Element by Westin, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Celebration of the Future, ABBC Building, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia Group Show
CD Cover Mahandini Dewa Bujana, Sangkring Art Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Back To Basics, Element Art Space, Singapore
Group Show, Art Serpong, Tenggerang, Indonesia
Simply Life, Yudi Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yogya Annual Art (YAA), Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Home Wares, Cayenne x DGI, Jakarta, Indonesia


Ping Project, Aruna Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yogya Annual Art (YAA), Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Simply Life, Yudi Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Re-draw, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kecil Itu Indah, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bazaar with Art, Element Art Space, Singapore
Paperu, Festival Kebudayaan Yogyakarta (FKY), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Group Exhibition, Widayat Museum, Magelang, Indonesia
Group Exhibition, Via Via Resto and Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ping Project, Aruna Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Group Exhibition, LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea
120, Rumah Budaya Tembi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Terima Kasih Guru, Widayat Museum, Magelang, Indonesia
Dolanan, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Fiture and Figure, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Indonesian Revolution, UpFront Gallery, Singapore
TRIBUTE, Art Front Gallery, Singapore


Freekick, Royal Art Square, Surabaya


Indonesia – Myanmar Art Exchange Program (Second Edition), Tanah Tho Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
BUDI(man) – Two Indonesian Contemporary Artists, Momentous Contemporary Art Gallery, Singapore


International Malaysian Print Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Indonesia – Myanmar Art Exchange Program, Bektano Art Gallery and New Zero Art Space, Yangon, Myanmar


Menjadi Indonesia, Gedung Arsip, Jakarta, Indonesia
OBJECOBJECT, Pure Artspace, Jakarta, Indonesia
Jogja Biennale X, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Most Wanted, Biasa Gallery, Yogayakarta, Indonesia
Ya-shin, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The Golden Box, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Transcent, CSIS Building, Jakarta, Indonesia
Goro – Goro Art Project, Pre-Jogja Biennale Event, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


TUPADA07 – 4th International Action and Art Event, Hacienda Café and Gallery, Angono City, Philippines
International Communication And Art Festival, Tokyo-Nagano, Japan


Enjoy Sculpture, Indonesian Institute of The Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
NIPAF Exhibition, Morishita Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Nagano International Video Art Festival, Nagano, Japan


Backpackers Painting Exhibition, Maharani Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
Portion, Galeri Sembilan, Bali, Indonesia
Ligeros de Equipaje (in cooperation with Universidad de Castilla Spain), Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dolanan (Puppet Exhibition), Studio Tanah Liat, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Launching Exhibition, Rumah Seni Muara, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Peace First Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bermain Jerami (Installation Exhibition), Warung Sawah, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Petasan, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Murky Moral World Exhibition (in cooperation with Australian National University), Scotland, Canada, Japan, Australia, Indonesia
3 D Passion, Kafe Kecil, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Tribute to Mas Tri” Tin Can Exhibition, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Message from Indonesia, Kobe Design University, Kobe, Japan
Gedebook (Fundraising Exhibition), Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dialog Multirupa Yogyakarta – Palembang, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pesta Seni Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia


Deklarasi Forum Celah Rupa UST, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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