Handiwirman Saputra

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Born in 1975, Handiwirman Saputra who lives and works in Yogyakarta is co-founder of the Jendela Art Group, arguably Indonesia’s best contemporary art collective. An adept sculptor and painter, he straddles comfortably between two- to three dimensional medium, questioning viewers’ perspectives of seeing the world around them. A fine arts graduate from the prestigious Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta, Saputra is gaining international recognition with noteworthy exhibitions; “Everything You Can Imagine is Real #1”, Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, “Collectors Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections”, Singapore Art Museum in 2011, “Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art in Indonesia”, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai and “Pleasure of Chaos-Inside New Indonesian Art”, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan in 2010. 

Stepping out of his rustic studio in Yogyakarta and entering Singapore’s dense urban landscape for the six- week collaboration at STPI, Saputra’s acute observations of his new surroundings led to the creation of life size print casts of passageways. His show “Ujung Sangkut Sisi Sentuh/Suspended Forms” was presented in 2012. Selected solo exhibitions include: “Tak Berakar, Tak Berpucuk (No Roots, No Shoots)”, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta (2011), “Things, the Order of Handiwirman,” Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2009), “In Lingo – Mapping Asia: 33 Young Asian Artists Solo Shows,” The 5th China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), Special Project, Beijing (2008), “Nothing-Something-Nothing”, Showcase Singapore, Old City Hall (2008), “Inanimate Performance”, Soka Art Center, Taipei, China (with Agus Suwage) (2008), “Archaeology of a Hotel Room”, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta (2007), “Apa-apanya Dong?”, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta (2004), “Patah Hati/Broken Heart, Cemeti Art House”, Yogyakarta (2002), “Provocative Objects”, Lontar Gallery, Jakarta (2000), and “Object”, Benda Art Space, Yogyakarta (1999).

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