“Of all the people I need to impress through my painting, the most important one is myself. That’s why, whenever I paint, I don’t just apply paints on a blank canvas. I feel the need to pour my soul on to it.” – Mangu Putra It has been known in the art world that Mangu Putra’s works are in such demand that art collectors from around the world have to queue up to get his paintings. Some people even say Putra will not sell his works to just anybody – and we’re not talking about numbers here. It’s about connection and appreciation. Either way, once you meet him, you’ll learn that Mangu Putra is an all round nice guy.

Text & Photo by Namhar Hernanto

“Of all the people I need to impress through my painting, the most important one is myself. That’s why, whenever I paint, I don’t just apply paints on a blank canvas. I feel the need to pour my soul on to it.” – Mangu Putra

It has been known in the art world that Mangu Putra’s works are in such demand that art collectors from around the world have to queue up to get his paintings. Some people even say Putra will not sell his works to just anybody – and we’re not talking about numbers here. It’s about connection and appreciation. Either way, once you meet him, you’ll learn that Mangu Putra is an all round nice guy.

Unlike the majority of established painters, Mangu Putra was formally educated as a graphic designer. He finished his education in Visual Communication Design in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at the Indonesian Institute of Arts Yogyakarta in 1990. He used to offer design services to quite a number of businesses on the island, but being a designer did not satisfy him as an artist. And so in 1998 he decided to engage in full time painting.

Mangu Putra’s initial works mainly arose from an intense contact with nature. The natural world, such as mountains and coasts, are depicted by Putra as identifiable objects. Some of his works with abstract designs imply natural images, such as the character of water and the texture and colors of earth or stone. Yet, his works are not mirrors of direct observations with the naked eye. Natural objects are shown as if through sophisticated technological imagery, so that they appear artificial, attractive, provocative, and even fantastic.

A lot of his current works focus on a heroic theme, portraying the fights of the Indonesian unsung heroes against Dutch colonialism. The subject touches him deeply, especially since his own uncle was killed during the period.!

A visit to Mangu Putra’s studio is part of Art Discovery program by Artpreciation. Further details and bookings contact:

Artpreciation

Komplek Pertokoan Nakula Megah 5 Unit J

Jalan Nakula Timur, Kuta

Phone: 823 6733

Email: emelia@phoenix.co.id

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