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Born in Purworejo, Jawa Tengah, 5 Juli 1960

  • Education
  • 1976-1979Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia (SSRI; Indonesia School of Fine Arts) Yogyakarta

He was interested in painting as a child because one of his neighbours was an artist. From 1976 to 1979, Hanafi studied at Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia (SSRI, Indonesia School of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta. His work was among the ten best in the Phillip Morris Indonesia Art Awards 1997. He was a finalist in the Indofood Art Awards 2002 and 2003. He has held solo exhibitions in Canada, Singapore, Spain and in Jakarta at the Gallery Nasional in 2002 and Gallery Canna in 2004. His work is documented in the book Hanafi: Dive Into (2004). He now lives and works in Jakarta.

The artist often does multimedia collaborations with national and international choreographs, poets and architects to create completely new works of art. Hanafi seems to be obsessed with matters of space in his works and how they are exhibited. His paintings generally give the impression of loneliness or silence, but they also can be expressive as if containing a kind of energy that is about to explode. The works have the tendency to be abstract in style, showing the play of colours with broad empty space. His brushstrokes are wide, and his lines can be short and repetitive or long and wavy.

  • Solo Exhibition
  • 2007"Homage of Images", Musiu de Art of Girona, Spanyol
  • "Id", Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2006"Id" Di O House Gallery Gallery Nasional Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Configu(art)ion", Espai(b) Contemporary Gallery, Barcelona, Spanyol
  • 2005"Tiga Hari dalam Sepatu", Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2004"UR(You Are)" Urban Room Project, Komaneka Gallery, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • 2002"Hanafi's Diary", Chateu d'Arts, Singapore
  • 2001"Study for Distance", One 2 One Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Achievement
  • 2004Cultural Homage fakultas Ilmu Budaya (Cultural Science Faculty)
  • Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia University)
  • 1997Best ten Indonesia Award Philip Morris Group of Companies