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Agung Mangu Putra

Born on 11 May 1963 at Sangeh, Bali, Indonesia

Mangu Putra was born in Selat, Sangeh, Bali, 0n 11 May 1963. He finished his education in Visual Communication Design in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta (Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta) in 1990. His first exhibition was in 1987 at Denpasar. Being A designer did not satisfy him as an artist. Then He decided to engage in full time painting in 1998. Since his first solo exhibition in Ubud (1990), his name was considered as valuable painter in Indonesia. He received awards for best work in visual communication design in 1988 and 1990 at ISI Jogjakarta, and was one of the top ten prize winner of the Philip Morris awards in 1994. He worked as a graphic designer from 1990 / 1998. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Bali, Jakarta, and Singapore. His creativity has been documented in the book Mangu Putra: Nature, Culture, Tension (2000). He currently lives and works in Denpasar.

Mangu Putra’s works arise from intense contact with the world as a conscious expression of his main creative orientation. Representations of natural phenomena, along with the inner pulse of life, form the main stream of his search. The natural world, such as mountains and coasts, are depicted as identifiable objects. Some of his works with abstract designs imply natural images, such as the character of water and the texture and colours of earth or stone. Nevertheless, there is a certain progressive critical vision in Mangu Putra’s way of viewing and interpreting the world. 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. His artistic world is not a natural one but instead is ‘polluted’ by civilization.

It is not surprising then that some of Mangu Putra’s works criticize human activities that damage the world. His series on exploitation shows the slaughter of animals. Rotten fish are dismembered; clean cuts on their bodies imply that this is not due to natural forces.

*taken from Modern Indonesian Art From Raden Saleh to The Present Day

  • Awards
  • 2002Indofood Art Awards 2002, Second Place, Jakarta
  • 1994Philip Morris Award for a painting titled "Imagination Under The Sea"
  • 1990Best of Work Visual Communication Design, 6th Anniversary of Indonesia Institute of The Arts Yogyakarta
  • 1988Best of Work Visual Communication Design, 4th Anniversary of Indonesia Institute of The Arts Yogyakarta
  • Solo Exhibition
  • 2011Teater Rakyat 2, KIAF Seoul, Korea Selatan
  • 2010Teater Rakyat, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta
  • 2008"Silent Words", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2007Mandala, Bidadari, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • 2006"Belief", Rupa Gallery, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 2005"Spiritual Landscape", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2003"Di Tepi Cahaya Bali", Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2002"Gerutu Tanah, Air dan Batu", Santi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2000"Nature, Culture, Tesion", Jezz Gallery, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1999Gallery Chedi, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • Group Exhibition
  • 2012Art Stage Singapore 2012
  • 2011Closingthe GAP, MiFA (Melbourne International Fine Art), Australia
  • Art Stage Singapore 2011
  • Bali Making Choices, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Indonesian Eye, Contemporary Indonesia Art, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Homo Ludens 2, Emmitan CAG, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Indonesian Eye, Contemporary Indonesia Art, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Beyond Photography, Ciputra, Jakarta
  • 2010Bali And Beyond, Sanggar Dewata Indonesia, Bentara Budaya Bali, Indonesia
  • "Contemporaneity", Contemporary Art In Indonesia, MOCA, Shanghai, China
  • Paper Power, Maha Art Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
  • 2009"Reborn", H2 Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • Milestone, Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "POLI{CROMATIC} V-Art", Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Art Taipei, Vanessa Art Link Beijing
  • Indonesia Contemporary Drawing Andi Galeri, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta
  • KIAF, M Daegu City, Korea Selatan
  • The Six Master From Bali, Maha Art Galeri, Denpasar, Bali
  • Next Nature, Vanessa Art Link, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta
  • Second Odyssey, Srisasanti Gallery
  • 2008Expanding Contemporary Realism, Akili Museum Of Art, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Manifesto, Gallery Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Le Mayeur`s Lunchbreak, Santrian Gallery
  • Merti Bumi, Lerep Art Village, Semarang, Indonesia
  • Indonesia and the Mainstream, Canna Gallery at CIGE, Beijing, China
  • The Highlight, Dari Medium Ke Transmedia, Indonesia Institute of The Arts Yogyakarta
  • "Two Generation of Contemporary Balinese Artists From Expressionism to Pop Art", Canna Gallery
  • "S D I Now", TonyRaka Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali Indonesia
  • Beijing Art Fair, China
  • Shanghai Art Fair, China
  • Art with an Accent, Guangzhou, China
  • 2007"Ar(t)chepelago Alert", TonyRaka Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Global Warming", TonyRaka Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • 2006"Angkor - The Djin Within", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • The 7th Nude Crouquis Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
  • 2005Bali - Jeju, Jejudo Art Hall, Jeju, Korea
  • "Milestone", Vanessa Art House, Indonesia
  • "Erotica", Tonyraka Art Gallery, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • 2004"Reading Multi Culture", Haus der Weltkulturen, Berlin, Germany
  • "Milestone", Vanessa Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Still Life", Tonyraka Art Gallery, Mas - Bali, Indonesia
  • "The Big Picture", The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
  • Tamarind, In Pursuit of Identity, Nava Art Gallery, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
  • Contemporary Indonesia Fine Art, Art Singapore
  • 2003Grand Opening Exhibition, Gallery Tama, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • "Penjelajahan Diri 18 Pelukis", Gallery Raka, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • Membaca Raden Saleh, Semarang Gallery, Java, Indonesia
  • Second Aniversary Exhibition of Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2002Ilustrasi Cerpen Kompas 2002, at several cities in Indonesia
  • 2001"Selamatkan Laut Kita", National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2000"Aspects of Mountain", Museum Sidik Jari, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1999Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI), Art Center, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • Gallery Ganesha, Jimbaran - Bali, Indonesia
  • ASEAN Building, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1998Group Exhibition, Art Center, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1997Bali Arts Festival, Art Center, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1996Group Exhibition, Bali Cliff Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1995Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI), Art Center, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1994Arts for AIDS, Gallery Rudana, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • ASEAN Arts, Singapore
  • Indonesian Arts Awards, Hotel Shangri-La, Jakarta
  • Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI), Museum Gunarsa, Klungkung - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1993Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1992Bintang Palapa, Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
  • 1990Sanggar Dewata, Art Centre, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1987Sanggar Dewata, Art Centre, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia