Agus Suwage (b.1959, Indonesia)

Born 1959 Purworejo, Indonesia, Suwage lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is one of the most important and influential artists in Indonesia today. His work incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture and installation. An exceptionally skilled painter, Suwage paints his own portrait again and again, in different poses, with different props, as a performance. Much of Suwage’s art is inspired by recent art history, directly referencing well-known art performances and commemorating influential historical figures. Issues relating to popular culture and the transience of human life often reappear in his oeuvre, coated in dark humour and curious cynicism. Suwage has participated in countless biennales as well as museum and gallery exhibitions around the world including: the Asia Pacific Biennial, Singapore, the Biennial Contemporary Art of Indonesia, ‘China a retrospective’ at the Jogjakarta Art Museum, Indonesia, and ‘Contemporaneity’, MOCA Shanghai, China.

Suwage, Agus b.1959

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