Curriculum vitae

Name : Indra Dodi
Birth of date/Place : January, 1st 1980, Padang.
Education : Faculty of Fine Art, ISI Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Leather of Technology Academy Indonesia, Yogyakarta
Sarjana Wiata Institute Yogyakarta Indonesia,
Address : Suryodiningratan MJ II no 143 Yogyakarta. indonesia
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Born: 1980 in Padang, Indonesia
Bachelor of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta
(also studied at Sarjana Wiata Institute, Yogyakarta and Academy of Leather Technology (ATK), Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

When he first came to Yogyakarta in the year 2000, Indra Dodi started to learn painting from his uncle who
happened to be a painter. From the year 2005 on he studied in the Faculty of Fine Arts (Painting) at the
Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI – Institut Seni Indonesia) in Yogyakarta.

In the beginning, he went through several styles and techniques, including realism and expressive painting, until
he found a lot of freedom in abstract painting, where he could explore his feelings and exercise his spontaneity.
This sense of freedom and inner liberation has certainly influenced his later paintings, and helped build his selfconfidence.

Since the beginning of his artistic journey, Indra has always considered painting to be a very serious activity,
requiring a lot of personal commitment, technical skills, knowledge, energy and imagination. But it is also fun and
playful, something he wanted to see finally represented on the canvas, too. This sense of fun and play provides
one of his sources of motivation for his artworks. Indra is of the opinion one needs to learn to close one’s eyes
and to return to a childlike mentality to find the source of artistic creativity, which is an expression of our inner

Today, he watches his children play and finds inspiration in their ways of learning how to cope with this world
that is new and still unknown for them. These have cumulatively contributed his adoption of naïve figurative
paintings as his current style.

Indra likens art to play, and thinks human beings should spend some time to play around. Responding to a
playful impulse means following a truth from inside. Art, to him, is just copying that. Beauty is a truth that has to
be trusted as a true expression of the soul. The best outcome would be, if this energetic fun part of art making
could be recognized and appreciated by viewers. Art would then generate pleasure for both, artists as well as

Reality, for Indra, can be something quite fierce and frightening, but at the same time exhibits its paradoxical
sides, with funny and humorous aspects. Life is not one-sided. Indra tries to catch moments, like a photographer
taking snapshots with a camera, and these moments are saved in his memory, finally evolving into stories that
are painted on the canvas. The stories can be taken from an event in daily life, from reality or something
imagined. It could be a chain of accidental events, maybe unrelated and unpredicted.

Each of his paintings is a message of a rebellion deep inside of him. Why must objects be a specific color? Why
we do have to always agree? Why not oppose? etc. What Indra still feels is an inner disquiet, and the wish to

These scenes from daily life contain elements of comedy and drama, emotions and mysteries. It could be
compared to movies, showing in their plots the variety and facets of human life. People are often struggling with
their emotions, ambitions and aspirations. Sometimes people succeed, at other times they don’t. Success and
failure, to Indra, is a steady cycle of changes we are confronted with. Emotional conditions like happiness and
sadness are two sides of the same coin, like beauty and ugliness, and all of it is human.

The faces visualized in Indra Dodi’s portrait paintings tell their own story. Life is engraved into the features of
human faces and bodies. The physical appearance is a metaphor for psychological states, exposing the specific
characteristics of a person and their attitudes. Facial and physical expressions reflect their biographies; people
can be tall or short, fat or thin, in any case what makes a difference are their expressions.

Generally, abstractions in his current work are a condensation of multiple metaphors. Exaggerating the
monstrous or ugly aspects reveals the real nature of humans as well as that of animals and imaginary creatures.
In his painted stories – which Indra considers to be more like visualized poems – many different objects/items
appear, for example weapons like swords, daggers and pistols, and even skulls. Ferocious looking dogs flashing
their teeth and some other grim creatures can be seen intermingling with scenes of daily life. They are just part
of the totality, referring to the darker side of life. All these scenes are a subjective view, more like a colorful
kaleidoscope, changing their shapes and structure when being moved. Horses, dogs, snakes, elephants, cows,
and certainly the cactus (which is thorny) are part of this world. Sometimes even humans look more animal-like.

Indra Dodi looks at things from a view different from the conventional. His paintings are a different way of
speaking about reality or to tell things from his own perspective, such as the environment, villages, society,
stones, mountains, rivers, rain, clouds, partying, love, being drunk, women, children, land, language, alphabets,

Finally Indra has developed and found his own visual language. The narrative structure is open to interpretation,
and there is still much left to the imagination of the viewer. Written words or letters sometimes turn up on the
canvas, objects connecting with the text. Most of the text consists of words that cannot be understood. They are
not supposed to have meaning, merely visual elements, but at the same time they speak about the text and
images. Lines of letters flow like a river and colorful letters are blossom like in a flower garden. The epic and
narrative structures appear to have transformed into fantasies. It is, in essence, visual poetry

Solo Exhibition

2019 solo exibthion in Kunstrai amsterdam with gallery lukisan amsterdam
2019 “Happy Days In Bali”, Tony Raka Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2015 ’’IndraDodi Solo Show’’, LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
2010 “Ekspresi Sesaat”, Galeri Katamsi, ISI Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Group Exhibition

– Finalis UOB Painting of The Years 2021
– Tribut to Basquiat Langgaeng Art Gallery Yogyakarta Indonesia
– Art Jakarta with Facade Gallery Jakarta
– Arjog Yogyakarta Indonesia
– Start 21 at Mac Gallery Korea

– Arjog Yogyakarta
– Artkaushiong Taiwan with Julia Gallery Korea
– Art Taichung Tainan Taiwan with Julia Gallery Taiwan
– Artbama Korea with Gallery Mac Korea
– Shanghai Art Fair Shanghai China
– New Extended Art Gallery Lukisan Amsterdam Holland

– KADO (Partron) : Miracle Print Yogyakarta Indonesia.
– Art Tinan 2019 :Tayih Landis Hotel, tainan, Taiwan ( with Artemis Art )
– Affordable Art Fair : Brussels Avenue du port, brussels, Belgium ( with gallery lukisan, Amsterdam )
– Dewantara Triennale 2019 : Bale Banjar Sangkring, Yogyakarta Indonesia

– Simply Life Melia Purosani Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
– BAKABA 7: Zaman Now Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
– Kiniko Project #1 SaRanG Building #2, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
– After Mooi Indie #2 – Bromance R.J. Katamsi Gallery, Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta,
– Ping Project #4 Studio Aruna Yunizar, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
– Residency Open Studio Giverny Art, Queenstown, New Zealand
– KunstRAI 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands (with Gallery Lukisan, Amsterdam)
– Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium (with Gallery Lukisan, Amsterdam)
– Art Fair Philippines 2018 The Link, Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines (with Artemis Art)
– First Art Fair Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Art Shine Ciputra Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
– Art Corner Talenta Organizer, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

– ‘’Affordable Art Fair’’ Brussels Belgium with Gallery lukisan Amsterdam
– “Suntec Singapure convetion center” artemis art gallery KL
– “We Are 5” artemis art gallery KL
– “Carttography of Painting” at Albert Art Gallery alam sutra jakarta indonesia
– “Art central hongkong” at artemisart gallery central horbourfront hongkong.
– “Art taipe” at artemisart gallery Taiwan.

– “ (AAF ) Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam ” – ” Gallery lukisan Amsterdam ‘’Affordable Art Fair’’ Brussels Belgium
– “Sunny-side up’’ LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea
– “Bakaba 5” at jogja gallery Yogyakarta Indonesia
– “Ping project 2” aruna art space Yogyakarta Indonesia
– “BazaartArt Jakarta” (BAJ) Artemis Gallery at Ritz Carlton Pacipic Place Indonesia.
– “Art Laren, Air Art Fair ” Gallery lukisan
at Nederland Amsterdam.

‘’ROOM 2015’’ at Gallery HUUE, Singapore
‘’Affordable Art Fair’’ Singapore
“Urip ming mampir ngombe” Langit artspace Jogja. indonesia
“ (AAF ) Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam ” Amsterdam.
“Affordable Art Fair Seoul” Seoul, Korea
“Soaf ArtFair”, Seoul, Korea
”Asyaaf”, LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea
“Rendang & Rendang”, Bakaba #4, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Drawing”, MDTL, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Ping”, Aruna Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“A Frozen Moment”, Space Cottonseed, Gilman Barrack, Singapore.
“New Wave: the road of memories”, And N Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
“Writing an Image”, Space Cottonseed, Gilman Barrack, Singapore

“YOS”, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Affordable Art Fair”, Space Cottonseed, Singapore.
“nandur suwung”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
”Asyaaf”, LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
“BAKABA #3”, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
“isi ISI” Talenta organizer, Jakarta Indonesia.

“Art Bazzar”, Alam Sutra Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Agitasi Garuda”, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

”Crossing Sign”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta – Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta – Sika Gallery, Ubud – TBY Lampung, Indonesia.

”Asyaaf”, LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea.

“Art For Our Life” Indonesian Visual Art and Eszterhazy Karoly College Eger Hungary, at gallery of the Raday Konyvehaz Bhudapest and kisZsinagoga gallery Eger, Hungary.
“U(dys)topia”, HfBk Postfach, Dresden, Germany
“U(dys)topia”, Freise Museum, Berlin, Germany
“U(dys)topia”, Stadt Museum Cologne, Germany
”Beijing Biennale 2010”, Beijing Museum. Beijing, China.
”Solitude of the Earth”, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
”Jogja Art Share”, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

”Man Talk About Love”, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
”Diantara Nama dan Nama”, Jogja Nasional Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
”Bali Nang Padang Wae”, Galeri Biasa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
“JAF”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Metamorfosis”, Galeri Biasa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Naration Of Nation”, Mondecor Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Ekspresi Sesaat”, Galeri Katamsi, ISI Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Most Wanted”, Galeri Biasa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“AHAA”, Vart Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
”Free Style”, Affandi Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Brother Hood”, Galeri Biasa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
”Dedication to the Future”, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
”Seiring Sejalan”, Denindo Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

“Musim Panas Fantasi”, Galeri Biasa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“NISBIH”, Galeri Katamsi, ISI Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
“No Limits”, Vrederburg Fort Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
“Jalin Bapilin”, Vrederburg Fort Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“Skedios Ekstempore”, Taman Budaya Solo, Solo, Indonesia
“Water Colours”, Galeri Katamsi, ISI Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Press Bibliography
Jakarta Post, April 2011
Mereka Banyak Dapat Pelajaran Dari Beijing International Art Biennale 2010,
Oktober 18th, 2010 | 17:21.the real
– Kuss Indarto Menapak Citra di China, Minggu, 22 Agustus 2010 – 23:50
– Pameran Bersama Perupa dari Tiga Kota, Senin, 18 Otober 2010 | 17:37 WIB –
– Seniman Indonesia dan Jerman Gelar Proyek Seni Rupa 15-06-2010 –
– JY, Dialog Seniman Indonesia-Jerman, KOMPAS (Rabu, 2 Juni 2010)
– Where To Go, Media Indonesia (Sabtu, 9 Oktober 2010)
– Kuss Indarto, Asian Art, Indonesian Artist china’ stride
– Seniman Indonesia dan Jerman Gelar Proyek Seni Rupa “U(dys)topia“ di Jerman. (14 Juni 2010)
– Irianto Ibrahim, Buton, Ibu dan Sekantong luka. 2010
– Anton Larenz, Kampung Kenangan, Majalah Arti, 2008.
Other Activities
As a committee for Art Project and Exhibition 2011
[Crossing Sign, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta & Lampung), Sika Gallery (Ubud), Galeri Nasional Indonesia (Jakarta), Gallery Soemardja (Bandung), Indonesia], 2010

“u(dys)topia”, Dresden, Berlin, German 2006.
“No Limits”, Vrederburg Fort, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Jalin Bapilin”, Vrederburg Fort Yogyakarta, Indonesia.