Born in 1972 in Lintau, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Jumaldi Alfi is one of the most influential artists in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. A practicing painter and a sculptor, Alfi burst upon the art scene of Jogja surrealism with artworks that quickly developed into a complex and highly diverse style, marked by innovation, sophistication, skill, and a stirring emotional depth. Alfi admires the artistic verve and technical virtuosity of post-war German artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger and Georg Baselitz whose meditations on German militarism haunt him as deeply as West Sumatra’s sanguine past. Alfi completed his fine arts education in 1999 at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, where he currently lives and works.
Alfi is a co-founder and member of Jendela Art group – Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary art collective. The group shied away from the omnipresent and socio-political themes usually found in art and were not falling into the trap of technical sophistication of realist painting either. They gained recognition and attracted attention with works of unique stylistics showing inclination towards naivism, swaying between meaningless ‘doodles’ and the contrast of formalism, drawing exclusively on minimal visual elements of line, colour and texture.
Alfi has participated in several art fairs like Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore and Shanghai Art Fair. His past solo exhibitions include Jumaldi Alfi, Sanata Dharma University Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2016); Nightswimmer, Metis Gallery, Amsterdam (2011); and Life/Art # 101: Never Ending Lesson, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Mooi Indie – Beautiful Indies, Indonesian Art Now, Gordon & Susan Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia (2014); The Window of Jendela, OHD Museum, Magelang, Indonesia (2013); Legacy, a Trace of Civilization, Esa Sampoerna Art Museum, Surabaya, Indonesia (2012); Jendela-A Play of the Ordinary, NUS Museum, Singapore (2009); and COMMON GROUNDS, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (2007).
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