One of Indonesia’s most acclaimed artists, Entang Wiharso was born in 1967 in Tegal, Central Java. He studied painting at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, graduating in 1987, and is widely regarded for his unique depictions of contemporary life, which employ a dramatic visual language that draws on both ancient mythology and popular culture. Wiharso presented a major exhibition with STPI in 2015, “Never Say No”, using experimental methods and materials like balloons, yarn, wires and nails in the print and paper making process.
A recipient of numerous awards and residencies—including a Pollock-Krasner grant, a Copeland Fellowship at Amherst College, and a summer residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center—Entang has exhibited throughout the world and represented Indonesia in major international biennials. Recent exhibitions include “Love: The First of the 7 Virtues”, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York (2015); Prospect.3, New Orleans (2014–15); Art Stage Singapore (2015, 2014); the 55th and 51st Venice Biennales (2013, 2005); Prague Biennale 6 (2013); “Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia” at the Singapore Art Museum (2012); and Biennale Jogja XI, Yogyakarta (2011–12). Entang is represented in numerous notable collections, including the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland; the Olbricht Collection, Germany; the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; and the Singapore Art Museum.