Art In Bali


Meet Soemantri Widagdo, Art Visionarya

Art In Bali | Aug 08, 2020

Agent of change, entrepreneur and Balinese art expert Soemantri Widagdo has over the past two decades had a significant influence upon the Bali art world. Volunteer curator and international liaison officer at Ubud’s Museum PuriLukisan for twenty years, following this, in 2016 he established Yayasan TiTian Bali (TiTian Bali Foundation) in Ubud. A not for […]

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Bali’s Art Landscape, Insight from Bali’s Curators

Art In Bali | Aug 07, 2020

Since the Kamasan era, Balinese art has largely been associated with traditional paintings. Exhibition manager Army and art curator Savitri Sastrawan, beg to differ, expressing how this no longer applies and should be detached from popular belief. We take a look at the development of art on the island from the eyes of these ‘caretakers’ […]

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Bali’s Eclectic Art Spaces

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

Besides being home to luxurious resorts, a plethora of pristine beaches and the island’s all-around natural beauty, Bali is imbued with a rich history and heritage in its world of art. People from all corners of the globe come to the island not just for a taste of paradise, but to experience limitless discovery of […]

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New Initiatives in Bali’s Creativity

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

During the past century, the Balinese people have graciously welcomed tourists onto the island and shared their unique culture. Rich in practical and philosophical wisdom, the Balinese culture offers a vibrant, attractive ‘alternative’ eastern lifestyle to western cultural practices. Art and culture were the original tourism drawing cards, attracting the initial wave of tourists in […]

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Bali’s Next Generation of Artists

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

It seems as if every Balinese has artistic blood running through their veins, expressed through painting, sculpting or performance. Whether its its origins are nature or nurture – likely the latter – it has resulted in a society that thrives within the creative realm. Yet, art is forever evolving. Even on an island where tradition […]

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Balinese Art: Mutations from Traditional to Contemporary

Art In Bali | Apr 17, 2020

Journalist Eric Buvelot and socio-ethnologist Jean Couteau have recorded 20 hours of discussion about changes that have happened in Bali since the 70’s. The conversation was structured and segmented according to many different aspects of Balinese life, mostly from a socio-historical perspective, to trace all the overturning in Balinese mores since 50 years, when modernity […]

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Ritual Life

Art In Bali | Apr 16, 2020

With the Batuan painting style, ritual life has long been an inspiration for the artists. Here, Bruce Granquist shares how important rituals are to the subject and timing of artists and their work. Life in Batuan is saturated with ritual. The steady flow of ritual activity in people’s lives sets them firmly in a sacred […]

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Ni Luh Vony Dewi : A Free Spirit with a Creative Soul

Art In Bali | Mar 04, 2020

Ni Luh Vony has found freedom and opportunity as an artist displaying her work online; she has found a way to breakthrough without the help of the ‘conventional art world’. The Internet is empowering people and has democratised the art world. It has created a platform that supports a new and dynamic digital art world […]

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Bali’s Local Market on Canvas

Art In Bali | Feb 18, 2020

Local markets are a great source of inspiration for painters in Bali and, as contributor Bruce Granquist explains, these bustling scenes become all the more interesting when painted in the intricate and detailed form of the Batuan painting style. Daily Life Everyday life of Bali, both traditional and contemporary, is a rich source of visual […]

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Wayan Arnata: Traditional Practices Fused with Contemporary Ideas

Art In Bali | Feb 12, 2020

Balinese artist Wayan Arnata first came to my attention in June 2013 in the landmark exhibition ‘Irony in Paradise’ by the collective Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) in Ubud, Bali.  ‘Nike Barong’ 2013, Arnata’s mixed media reflection upon the changing nature of the Balinese identity depicted the iconic […]

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