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I Made Djirna

Born on 1957 in Kedewatan - Ubud, Indonesia

  • Education
  • Graduated from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI; Indonesia Institute of The Arts) Yogyakarta

I Made Djirna was born in 1957 in Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta  (Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta) in 1985, and is a member of Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI).

Djirna is very Active in holding and joining exhibitions, both solo and group, in many Indonesian cities as well as overseas. He is known to be very productive in creating all kind of experimental works, using different materials, techniques and styles. His artistry is documented in a book, Selected Works of Made Djirna From the Year 2000 (2001). Now he lives and works in his home village.

A glance at Djirna's multifaceted works shows his artistic motivations and the tempestuous emotions that influence his creative process. Djirna passionately transforms lines, colours, texture and figures into all kinds of graphic compositions. Sometimes he refuses to respect order, preferring to use his energy in a desperate effort to capture and eternalize the aesthetic moment, to prevent it from slipping trough his fingers. Consequently, Djirna's works start out as a visual deconstruction, ordered and harmonious, but as they develop his endeavors to free himself from this discipline become obvious.

  • Solo Exhibition
  • 2007"Seascopes", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2002"Taksu", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2001"Selected Works of Made Djirna from the Year 2000", Hotel Padma, Bali, Indonesia
  • 2000Gallery Santi, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1998"Mystique of Motherhood", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 1989Northern Territory Museum of Art and Sciences, Darwin, Australia
  • Selected Group Exhibition
  • 2006"Angkor - The Djin Within, Gajah Gallery, Singapore"
  • 2005"Between Glasses and Two Bottles, joint exhibition with Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Trung, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2004"Asian Masters", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2003"Epic", Gajah Gallery, Singapore
  • 2001"Patterns of Identity: Artist Experience Bali", Komaneka Gallery, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • 2000"12 Painters of Sanggar Dewata", Hotel Padma Bali, Indonesia
  • "Exhibition of Contemporary Arts", Hotel Padma, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1998"Ruwatan Bumi", Art Center, Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia
  • 1997"Between Two Worlds: Contemporary Balinese Art",
  • Parliament House, Darwin, Australia
  • 1996Biennial Arts Exhibition X, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1995Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Canada
  • "Farewell to Paradise?New Views from Bali", Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Völkskunde, Basel - Switzerland
  • "Torque", Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
  • "ARK 4 Asia Pacific", Pica Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
  • 1994"Paintings Exhibition of Asian Countries", Art Fair, Singapore
  • Group exhibition of Contemporary Art (Installation), Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1993Art Center Guam, USA
  • Museum Volkerkunde Basel, Switzerland
  • 1992Art Center, Guam, USA
  • Museum Für Völkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
  • 19898th Biennial Indonesian Painting Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1982SDI Group Exhibition, Karta Pustaka, Yogyakarta and Indonesia America League Building, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1978Young Artist Group Exhibition, Ratna Warta Museum, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
  • Achievement
  • 1993Spent 3 month in Bassel in an artist exchange program between Bali and Basel
  • 1983Pratisara Affandi Karya from the Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts, Yogyakarta
  • 1982Lempad Prize for Best Painting from Sanggar Dewata Indonesia, Yogyakarta
  • 1987Best Painting award, PORSENI Exhibition, Jakarta
  • 1978Best Sketch and Best Painting awards, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta