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JOHAN RUDOLF BONNET

Born in 1895 in Holland, Johan Rudolf Bonnet became one of Bali’s most influential foreign artists. He first heard of Bali from W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp. He came to Bali in 1929, soon became fascinated by Balinese culture and quickly decided to stay. He became, along with Walter Spies and Gusti Nyoman Lempad, a founder of the Pita Maha Art ...

KETUT MURTIKA

Ketut Murtika was born in Batuan around 1950 and became one of the most famous painters of the Batuan school, a painting style practiced by Brahman artists. His style captures Bali’s unique mystical atmosphere with ethereal depiction of everyday life scenes, landscapes and animals. His art has been shown worldwide, including France, ...

MADE  WIANTA

Dancer, musician and painter, Made Wianta is famous worldwide for his multi-influenced and often controversial ...

NYOMAN GUNARSA

Nyoman Gunarsa was born in Klungkung in 1944 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Yoyakarta.  His paintings are depictions Balinese folklore such as traditional dance, character of classic tales and legends of the Hindu Dharma. He owns 2 museums: The Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia for Contemporary art in Yogyakarta and ...

NYOMAN MEJA

Born in Ubud in 1952, Nyoman Meja has built a bridge between tradition and modernity. He met Rudolph Bonnet in the 1970’s, which influenced his vision as post-traditional painter. As he still uses the Penalak as a strong reference to the Ubud style, his use of lighting is definitely of a modern approach. Among other topics, Nyoman Meja has ...

WALTER SPIES

'Walter Spies was a Russian-born German primitivist painter and musician who moved to Java in 1923. He later moved to Ubud. He is often credited with attracting the attention of the Western art scene of his time to Balinese culture and art. His house (today an hotel) has seen many illustrious visitors, such as Charlie Chaplin, Austrian ...

W.O.J. NIEUWENKAMP

W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp was born in Holland and first came to Bali in 1904. He was the 1st Western artist to visit Bali. After a quick return to Holland, he came back in 1906. Even though he didn’t settle in Bali like Walter Spies, he travelled around a lot, often coming back to Bali. His motto was “Vagando Acquiro” (while ...

STONE CARVING

Stone carvings have been used to decorate, temples, palaces, but also houses. Originally, stone carving were made to illustrate religious concepts and legends, such as demons and deities. Later, Balinese artists came to depart themselves from strictly religious matters and started carvings of everyday life scenes and modern objects. The ...

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