Dedy Sufriadi

Bio & Art Activity

was born in Palembang on 20th May 1976, second of 6 children, in a family of trader. He made his first acquaintance with painting in his child hood and formally took education and seriously learn painting when he enrolled in Palembang SMRS (Sekolah Menengah Seni Rupa – Secondary School of Arts) majoring in Painting. He then continued with his formal education in ISI (Institute Seni Indonesia – Indonesia Arts Institute) in Yogyakarta, enrolling in 1995, and finishing his degree in 2004. post-graduate degree in ISI Yogya in 2013.

The political turmoil in the 90’s has brought significant impact to the thems of paintings. It would be fair to say that this period marked the shift of abstract paintings from ’Balinese expressionism’ to ’social realism’. Almost every Indonesian young painter at that time chose to present the social political conditions of the time, including Dedy Sufriadi,  Politics have become a never-exhausting source. Like a spring that never runs out of its water, the chaotic political condition in Indonesia is a never-ending inspiration. For Dedy, long journey in painting social realism themes are not without hindrance. It was obvious that a dilemma was always surfacing the moment I started to paint, as I realized that the topic I was about to paint did not come from within. The topic was something that was in fashion at the time. he believed that this theme only bring us to social critics that did not have any real impact in life. His  disappointment was exacerbated when he was confronted with the reality. Social realism has become a hollow rhetoric. Artists who presented the social realism theme have taken to live in a very individualist way and were oblivious to the real world. This has created a conflict for dedy. Dedy  worked for more than four years with my big theme of existentialism. He found it to be like a link of chains; the longer I go with it, the more I found new things in them. To dedy, existentialism has given me a new perspective in looking at an issue, especially issues in the art of paintings.

At this period, the text emerged. At first, text was present only as a complement: to give a brief description of the story behind the painting. The presence of text in the period of existentialism was as an alternative to solve the visual problem. As in graphic stories, some scenes would be understood more easily when we insert some text in them. But along the way, text has become a review in dedy’s paintings; text has taken a more important place, no longer merely serving as a complement. Text has now functioned both as an artistic (visual) or aesthetic element. As an artistic element, text has replaced the line element that was so dominant in my previous works. What was once represented by lines in my painting, now are represented by strings of texts on the canvas. The alphabets used daily can have different and unique characters that define them from one another. Outside the domain of their ‘meaning’, Roman, Chinese, Arabic, and other alphabets are pliable enough to be formed into impressive abstract elements. Text does not converse only the artistic matter. Text is now present as an equal to the other artistic elements. Text can even surpass the depiction of paintings in conveying and translating my obsessions and my opinion on myriads of matters. The exploration begins with the presentation of the element of text, the letters, as a painting in two-dimension. Text will then become the visual element of the painting, where it is presented by texts that are readable and text that are no longer readable. Like a computer monitor with various links and hypertexts, text will be present in other paintings. Various experimentations in the creative process were undertaken; be it exploration of forms or exploration of discourse. This means that I would be presenting a variety of themes in my paintings. The texts may be offered in the form of direct quotations cuts from books, or quotes of writings written onto the canvas. Though personally see the impact of those paintings are not yet satisfactory, I believe that they have given a meaning and valuable input to the next artistic process.

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3rd Andaman International Art Workshop & Art Exhibition
Andaman Art House, Krabi, Thailand



Nothing Gold Can Stay
Modeka Creative Space, Manila, Philippines


Chiangmai Art Connecting – 20 Years of Bluechips
Blue Chips Microhouse, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Sepuluh Perantau
Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Art Plus Shanghai
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, China


Hanoi Art Connecting 2019
International Art Exhibition & Workshop
Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam


Art Expo Malaysia 2019
MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Galeri SMSR Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Art Jakarta 2019
Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)


Portret: Penyelidikan Estetis
Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Imagining Maestro
(Malam Jumat Kliwon [MJK] art community) Kandang MJK, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Hotel Art Fair Bangkok 2019
W Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (with Artemis Art)


Hangzhou Art Fair 2019
Hangzhou International Expo Centre, Hangzhou, China (with Artemis Art)


AArt Citizen Art Shanghai 2019
Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai, China (with Artemis Art)


Dewantara Triennale 2019
Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Satu Arah Untuk Satu Indonesia Maju
Pullman Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia


and the award goes to…
Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Kama Bang, Kama Petak
MJK Community Group Exhibition, Bentara Budaya Bali, Bali, Indonesia


Celebrating The Future
ABBC Building, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia


Shanghai Young Art Fair 2018
Shanghai World Trade Center Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China


Shanghai Art Fair 2018
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China (with Artemis Art)


Here Now
(Nock Art Foundation Residency 2-man show with Indra Dodi) Defiance Gallery at Mary Place, Paddington, Sydney, Australia


Pameran Seni Abstrak
Hyatt Regency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


MJK Community Group Exhibition, Breeze Art Space, Tangerang, Indonesia


Art Jakarta 2018
Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)


Simply Life
Melia Purosani Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


To Landscape and…
Museum dan Tanah Liat, Yogyakarta, Indonesia




2018 cont.

Forms of Diversity
Redbase Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Warung Kopi DST, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Peaceful Seeker # 1
Tony Raka Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Residency Open Studio
Giverny Art, Queenstown, New Zealand


Abstract Party
Limanjawi Art House, Magelang, Indonesia


Art Fair Philippines 2018
The Link, Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines (with Artemis Art)



Tulang Rusuk
MJK Community Group Exhibition, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia


Shenzhen International Art Fair 2017
Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China (with Artemis Art)


de facto
ARTDOOR Space, Taipei, Taiwan (co-organized by Artemis Art)


Art Jakarta 2017
Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)


ARTJOG 10 – Changing Perspective
Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Kecil Itu Indah, After Edwin’s (KI2AE)
Miracle Print Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Yogya Annual Art #2 – Bergerak
Bale Banjar, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Sharing Happiness
Limas Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Kenduren #4 – Horizon
Perahu Art Community, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Yes We Are
Nalarroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Putih & Hitam
Syang Art Space, Magelang, Indonesia


Mask: Between Magical and Alter Ego
Museum Ullen Sentalu (Yogyakarta) & Amanjiwo (Magelang), Indonesia


Faces of Life
(two-man exhibition with Sony Irawan)
Artotel Tamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia


We Are 5
Artemis Art @ White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Art-tivities Now
Breeze Art Space, Tangerang, Indonesia
Singapore Contemporary 2017
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore (with Artemis Art)



Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Minimal Art Gallery (MAG) – HOME
Redbase Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


UOB Painting of the Year 2016
Ciputra Gallery, Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, Indonesia


Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016
Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia (with Artemis Art)


1001 Kesempatan Pendidikan Untuk Anak Indonesia
(Mandiri Art Charity event) Graha Bimasena, Jakarta, Indonesia


Lorem Ipsum: Sisyphus and The Stone
Sangkring Art Project, Yogyakarta


Kenduren #3
Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta




2016 (cont.)


Transfer Window
(Malam Jumat Kliwon [MJK] art community), RuangDalam Art House, Yogyakarta


Jogja Contemporary, Yogyakarta


Sapiens Free
OHD Museum, Magelang


Jogja Village Inn, Yogyakarta


Singapore Contemporary 2016
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore (with Artemis Art)



Veranda Contemporary Exhibition (two-man show with Anusapati)
V-Gallery, Veranda Hotel, Jakarta


Art Kaohsiung 2015
Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)


Liminal Consciousness
Affinity for Art, Hong Kong


Keajaiban Kecil
Nalarroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta


Liberation, Unity and Freedom: 30th ASROPA International Art Exhibition
Gunsan Culture Center, Gunsan, South Korea


SHOUT! 2015 (Indonesia Contemporary Art)
3 Locations in Melbourne, Australia


6th Hotel De Imigrantes
Indonesia Contemporary Art Network (iCAN), Yogyakarta


SoulScape in Progress #3
Bentara Budaya Bali, Gianyar, Bali


Love, Live, Life
Pullman Hotel, Jakarta


UOB Art Awards
Plaza UOB, Jakarta


Urip Mung Mampir Ngombe
Langit Art Space, Yogyakarta


Sewindu MJK
Nalarroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta


CAFFA 2015 Art Project
White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur (with Artemis Art)


Kepada Republik
DPR/MPR Building, Jakarta


SoulScape in Progress #2
National Art Gallery, Jakarta


Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival (ASYAF) 2015
Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea


Lost In Colour
ARTOTEL, Surabaya


Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta


Kenduren #2
Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta


Out Of Focus
(Malam Jumat Kliwon [MJK] art community)
Srisasanti Gallery, Yogyakarta


YOS (Yogyakarta Open Studio)
Nalarroepa Ruang Seni & artist’s Studio, Yogyakarta


Playing On Paper
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel, Yogyakarta


Rumah Seni Sidoarum, Yogyakarta


Mandiri Bank Art Award “Spirit Membangun Negeri”
Plaza Mandiri, Jakarta


Young Art Taipei 2015
Sheraton Grande, Taipei, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)


Balance in Perfect Soul
House of Sampoerna Art Galery, Surabaya


April Mood
Rumah Seni Sidoarum (RSS), Yogyakarta


Mencetak Tercetak
Komharo Studio, Yogyakarta





Art Show: Intentionality
Philo Art Space, Jakarta


Nandur Srawung
Taman Budaya, Yogyakarya


The Devotion
Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta


Singapore Art Fair
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (with Artemis Art)


Fitur & Figur
Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta


SoulScape on Progress
Nalarroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta


ARTJOG|14 – Legacies of Power
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta


Nalarroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta


Untukmu Guru
Museum H. Widyatat, Magelang



Behind The Myth
AKTO College of Art and Design, Athens, Greece


Behind The Myth
TIM Jakarta


Bentara Budaya, Jakarta


Art Expo Malaysia 2013
Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur (with Artemis Art)


ARTJOG|13 – Maritime Culture
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta


Sumatera Biennale
Taman Budaya Padang


Pari Suka Pari
Museum Affandi, Yogyakarta


Figuring Text, Text Figuring
Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta



Durbar Hall Gallery, India


Art Expo Malaysia 2012
Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur (with Artemis Art)


Festival Seni Melayu Asia Tenggara (Southeast Asia Malay Culture Festival)
Padang, West Sumatera


Live Inn Harmony
Yaya Artspace, Sanur, Bali


I AM Artspace, Yogyakarta


Tanda Mata
Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta


Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta


Isyarat Langit
Go Artspace, Surabaya


Taman Budaya Yogyakarta




Free Kick
Royal Plaza Surabaya


Tanah Air Pusaka
Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta


The Cock Still Fighting
Syhang Art Space, Magelang


Magelang Young Collectors
Rumahku Art Café (RAC), Magelang


Kembar Mayang
Museum H. Widayat, Magelang


Ruang Yang Sama
Museum H. Widayat, Magelang


Meeting Point
Taksu Art Galery, Bali, Indonesia



Food And Paper exhibition
Rumahku Art Café (RAC), Magelang


Soulscape, The Treasure Of Spiritual Art
National Art Gallery, Jakarta


Soulscape, The Treasure Of Spiritual Art
Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta



2011 (cont.)

Taman Budaya Yogyakarta


Philo Art Space, Jakarta


Intelectus Syndicate
AJBS Gallery, Surabaya


Group Exhibition
Mandiri Prioritas, Jakarta


Jing Gey
Aseana Gallery, Singapore


Dies Natalis ISI Yogyakarta XXVII
Fine Art Faculty, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta



Unity: The Return to Art
Wendt Gallery, New York


Beyond Expectation Indoor Pleasures
Apik Gallery, Jakarta


Philo Art Gallery & National Art Gallery, Jakarta


Asia Top Gallery And Hotel Art Fair
Seoul, Korea


Let’s fly an arrow
Tujuh Bintang Gallery, Yogyakarta


Ritz Carlton Hotel, Jakarta


Soulscape, The Treasure Of Spiritual Art
Toni Raka Gallery, Bali


Galery Biasa, Yogyakarta


Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta


Gerakan Seni Abstrak Indonesia
Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta



Diorama Kedamaian
Hotel Melia Purosani, Yogyakarta


Tujuh Bintang Art Space, Yogyakarta


The Dream, Tujuh Bintang Art Award
Jogja National Museum. Yogyakarta


Subject Ekpose(s)
Pure Art Space, Jakarta


Philo Art Space, Jakarta


Selayang Pandang Bumi Sriwijaya II


Guruh Umar Bakri
Jogja Gallery, Jogjakarta


Halo-Halo 1
Manila Contemporary, Manila


Fresh 4 U
Jogja Gallery, Jogjakarta


Realitas #3, Ketik Reg Manjoer
Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta


VWFA, Kuala Lumpur



Golden Box #2
Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta


All I Want For Xmas
Manila Contemporary, Manila


Galeri 678, Jakarta


Grand Opening Exhibition
Red Sea Gallery, Brisbane


Too Much Painting Will Kill You
Tujuh Bintang Art Space, Yogyakarta


Perjalanan Seni Lukis Abstrak # 8
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Rumah Damawangsa, Jakarta


Setelah 20 Mei
Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta


Philo Art Space, Jakarta



Perjalanan Seni Lukis Abstrak Indonesia # 5
Semar Gallery, Malang


Optimis #2
Galeri Biasa Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta


Seni lukis Abstrak #4
National Gallery, Jakarta



Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta


Through The Limit
Koa’s Café and Dining, Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta


Vice Versa
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta



Group Exhibition
Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta


Group Exhibition
Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Museum Ulam Sentalu, Yogyakarta



Art & Sculpture Exhibition
Jogja Expo Center, Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Jogja Village Inn, Yogyakarta



Grand Opening Exhibition
Rumah Seni Muara, Yogyakarta


Kelompok 8
Benteng Vredeburg Sanggar Bidar Sriwijaya, Yogyakarta


#2 Issue
Rumah Seni Muara, Yogyakarta


Membaca Ruang-Ruang
Rumah Seni Muara, Yogyakarta


Pratisara Afandi Adi Karya
Bantul, Yogyakarta
Launch Exhibition for Jurnal Seni Rupa SIDI Yogyakarta



Five Yogyakarta Artists
Gallery Proklamasi, Jakarta

Fathomless 7
Mien Gallery, Yogyakarta

Group Exhibition
Etnik Kafe, Yogyakarta



Kelompok 8 Sanggar Bidar Sriwijaya
Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta


Imajinasi dan Warna
Bizete Gallery, Jakarta


Seni Lukis Bertiga
Dirix Art Gallery, Yogyakarta


Dialog Multi Rupa Sanggar Bidar Sriwijaya


Realitas II Kelompok Greget
Purna Budaya Yogyakarta


Art Festival
Bizete Gallery, Jakarta


Total Indonesia Art Award
Jakarta, Indonesia



Seni Rupa Perupa Muda
Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dirix Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Kelompok Solusi 4
Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Seni Rupa Gelar Seni Pertunjukan Rakyat
Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Seni Rupa Islami KMI ISI Yogyakarta
Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta, Indonesia


Philip Moris Indonesian Art Award
National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia


Art Festival
Bizete Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2000 (cont.)
Campur Sari
ISI Gallery, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Winsor And Newton Art Competition
Bandung, Indonesia


Pekan Kesenian Indonesia
Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dies Natalis
Fine Art Faculty, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dialog Multi Rupa
Sanggar Bidar Sriwijaya, Purnabudaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Kelompok Solusi 4
Dirix Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Group Exhibition
Bizette Gallery, Bali, Indonesia


Group Exhibition
LIPPO BANK Jakarta, Indonesia


Nokia Art Award 1999
Jakarta, Indonesia



Sanggar Driya Manunggal, Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition of Seven Young Artists
Hotel Radison, Yogyakarta


Sanggar Suwung, Yogyakarta


Group Exhibition
Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta


Refleksi Zaman
Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta



Peksiminas IV
ITB Bandung, Indonesia


Realitas Kelompok Greget `95
Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Group Exhibition
Pandean Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Sketsa di Sasana Ajiyasa
Fine Art Faculty, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Kelompok Greget, Sasana Ajiyasa
Fine Art Faculty, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Dialog Dua Kota II ISI-IKJ
Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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