His art education background is graphic designing. But later he decided to be a professional artist. He began attracting the attention of Indonesian as well as international art audiences with his works that incorporate the style and character of drawing in the convention of painting. Therefore his works involve various techniques and drawing and painting means including pencil, water color, charcoal instruments among others. Lately his works have become quite distinct ever since they began offering the artist’s self-portraits in different poses and settings that often convey critical messages concerning socio-political issues around him. Agus Suwage doesn’t only make drawings and paintings. He also explores other media combining drawing and multimedia installation. His works show conceptual strong points as he extensively takes an appropriation approach. In his case, appropriation goes for works by other artists as well as his own that he continuously remakes and develops, repeatedly and on multi layers. That way, Agus Suwage’s works also provide for the artist a mean to critically investigate the history of modern art by confronting it with various issues in contemporary contexts.

Born 1959 in Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia

Education and Background

1979-1986

Graphic Design at Bandung Institute of Technology, Faculty of Fine Art and Design, Bandung, Indonesia

1996

Artist in Residence in QUT, Brisbane, Australia

1999-2000

Artist in Residence in "Sai-no-kuni" Saitama, the Museum of Modern Art, Koshigaya-shi Saitama, Japan

2003

"Brito International Artists Workshop" Tepantor, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2009

Artist in Residence in STPI, Singapore

Selected Solo Exhibition

2011

  • "The End Is Just Beginning Is The End" Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA

2009

  • "CIRCL3", Singapore Tyler Print Institute Gallery, Singapore
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years", Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2008

  • "Beauty in the Dark", Avanthay Contemporary Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • "An Offering to Ego" CIGE 2008, Beijing, China, organized by Nadi Gallery

2007

  • "I/CON", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2005

  • "Pause / Re-Play", Soemardja Gallery, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia

2004

  • "Fabulous Fable", ArtSingapore 2004, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Suntec City, Singapore, organized by Nadi Gallery
  • "Toys S’ US", CP Asian Art Space, Jakarta; Selasar Soenaryo, Bandung; Emmitan Gallery, Surabaya; Gaya Fusion of Sense, Sayan, Bali; Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Playing the Fool" Valentine Willie Fine Art- Southeast Asian Painting & Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2003

  • "Ough...Nguik!!", National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. Organized by Nadi Gallery

2002

  • Atelier Frank and Lee Gallery, Singapore
  • "Channel of Desire", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2001

  • "I&I&I", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Beautify", Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2000

  • "Sai-no-kuni", Artist in residence exhibition, Gen Gallery & Public center Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • "Eksotika Dotkom", Soemardja Gallery, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia

1999

  • Millennium Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

1998

  • Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Galeri Padi, Bandung, Indonesia

1997

  • Lontar Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

1996

  • H Block Gallery QUT, Brisbane, Australia

1995

  • Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Selected Group Exhibition

2011

  • "Asia: Looking South" ARNDT, Berlin, Germany
  • "Beyond the Self" National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 11)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1991-2010" Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • "Illuminance" Agus Suwage + Filippo Sciascia, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Art Stage Singapore 2011", Nadi Gallery, Singapore

2010

  • "The Show Must Go On" celebrating The 10th anniversary of Nadi Gallery, the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia" Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • "Illuminance" Agus Suwage + Filippo Sciascia, Langgeng Art Foundation, NUS Museum, Singapore
  • "Reality Effect" SIGIarts Gallery, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Almost White Cube" the 12th Anniversary of CGartspace, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ecce Homo" Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Pleasures of Chaos" Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 10)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong

2009

  • "Kado #2", celebrating the 9th anniversary of Nadi Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "CIGE 2009" (China International Gallery Exposition), Nadi Gallery, Beijing, China
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 09)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Broadsheet Notations: Projecting artworks on paper", Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "Group" Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin
  • "Post-Tsunami Art" Primo Marella, Gallery Milano, Italia
  • "Simple Art of Parody" Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "The Golden Age", Ark Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Milestone", Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Hibridization", North Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia

2008

  • "Allegorical Bodies-Indian Contemporary Art", A Art Contemporary Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Dari Penjara ke Pigura", Galeri Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Beyond Art Space, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
  • "Passions", ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Galeri Canna, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
  • "Bentuk-Bentuk: Contemporary Indonesian Art in 3D", Melbourne Art Fair 2008, Melbourne, Australia, organized by Nadi Gallery & Valentine Willie Fine Art
  • "Loro Blonyo Kontemporer", Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Merti Bumi", Lerep Kampung Seni, Ungaran, Indonesia
  • "Space/Spacing", Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai", Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "CIGE", Nadi Gallery, Beijing, China
  • "The Past-The Forgotten Time", National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
  • "The Scale of Black", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
  • "Expose #1 - A Presentation of Indonesian Contemporary Art by Deutsche Bank & Nadi Gallery", Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Manifesto", The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Inanimate Performance", Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Animal Kingdom", Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2007

  • "Neo-Nation", Biennale Yogyakarta IX, Jogjakarta National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ar[t]chipelago Alert", Tonyraka Art Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Art Paris-Abu Dhabi", Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • "Imagining Asia", 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "Sh Contemporary 2007", Shanghai, China
  • "Celebr’art’e Fire Boar", Kupu-Kupu Art Gallery, Jakarta; Griya Santrian, Bali, Indonesia
  • "On Appropriation", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Fetish Art Object", Biasa Art Space, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Thermocline of Art", New Asian Waves, ZKM, Kalsruhe, Germany
  • "Anti-Aging", Gaya Art Space, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Imagined Affandi", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "CIGE 2007" (China International Gallery Exposition), Langgeng Gallery & Vanessa Art Link, Beijing, China
  • "The Past-The Forgotten Time", The Hague, Artoteek Den Haag; the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam; Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta; Erasmushuis, Jakarta; Rumah Seni Yaitu, Semarang, Indonesia; Bizart, Shanghai, China
  • "Beautiful Dead", Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Indonesian Contemporary Art Now", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006

  • "Common Link", Vanessa Art Link, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China
  • "Belief", Singapore Biennale, Tanglin Camp, Singapore
  • "Masa Lalu Masa Lupa", Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "The 21st Asian International Art Exhibition", Singapore Art Museum; Ayala Museum, Philipines & Gracia Art Gallery, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • "Signed and Dated", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • "2nd Graphic Triennale 2006", Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Masa dan Tanda-Tanda", Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia

2005

  • "Etalase", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Eksodus Barang", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "AKU, Chairil, dan Aku", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Jejak-Jejak Drawing", Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Urban/Culture", 2nd CP Biennale, Bank Indonesia Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Space and Scape", Summit Event Bali Biennale, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Asian Contemporary Art", Singapore
  • "Quota 2005", Icon Langgeng Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2004

  • "Air Kata-Kata", Illustrator exhibition of Shindunata’s Book, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Passion: Etno-Identity", Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Wings of Words Wings of Color", Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Artscope", Selasar Soenaryo, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "Lima Ruang", Puri Art Space, Malang, Indonesia
  • "Indonesia-China Exhibition", organized by LOFT Gallery Paris-Barcelona -Hongkong, The Pakubuwono Residence, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Reformasi", Sculpture Square, Singapore
  • "Olympics", The Pakubuwono Residence organized by Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Silent Action: Creativity for Tolerance and Peace", 4th Art Summit, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Transindonesia: Scoping Culture in Contemporary Indonesian Art", at The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • "Exodus Barang", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Jejak-jejak Drawing", Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2003

  • "All You Need is Love", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "In Between Perupa Dalam Rotasi Media", Andi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Borobudur Agitatif", Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Countrybution", Biennale Yogyakarta VII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Passion: Etno-Identity", Beijing, China

2002

  • "Dimensi Raden Saleh", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Alpha Omega Alpa", Air Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Not I. Am I?", Cyrcle Point Gallery, Washington DC, USA

2001

  • "Figurare", Gaya Gallery, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Membaca Frida Kahlo", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Buka Mata", Valentine Willie Gallery, Chedi Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Not Just the Political", Museum Widayat, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Melik Gondong Lali", 50th Basis Magazine, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2000

  • Kwangju Biennial 2000, Kwangju, Korea
  • "Invisible Boundary", Methamorphosed ASIA Art, The Niigata Perfectural Civic Center Gallery, Niigata & Utsonomiya Museum Art, Nangao-cho, Utsonomiya City Tochigi, Japan
  • "Five Continents and One City", The Historical Center, Palacio de Los Condes de Santiago de Calimaya, Museo de la Ciuda de Mexico, Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

1999 - 2002

  • "Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia", Tour Exhibition: (Yogyakarta) Indonesia, (Melbourne-Canbera, Sydney, Cairns) Australia, (Hiroshima-Ashikawa) Japan, (Berlin, Köln, Achen) Germany, (Amsterdam & Roterdam) The Netherlands, (Jakarta), Indonesia

1999

  • "Media Dalam Media", Installation Exhibition, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Makassar Arts Forum ’99", Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
  •  Tachikawa International Art Festival, Tachikawa, Japan

1998

  • "Plastic (& other waste)", Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "Imaging Selves", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • "Earth Day ’98", Alliance for Better Earth and Humane Life, Cemara 6 Café Gallery & Lontar Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

1997

  • Current Art in Southeast Asia, Glimpses into the Future, Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan
  • 6th Biennial of Havana, Cuba
  • "Axis", Indonesia-Belgium Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ipoh Art Festival", Ipoh, Malaysia
  • "A Gift for India", Rabindra Bhawan Galleries, New Delhi, India

1996

  • Artotek, Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • "Kesibukan Mengamati Batu-Batu", Performance and Installation Colaboration, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award, ASEAN Building, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Phillips Morris ASEAN Art Award, National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Second Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • 10th Jakarta Biennial, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1995
  • Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Cheju Pre- Biennale, Cheju-do Island, South Korea

1994

  • Q Agency, Amsterdam, C Jogchem Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Workshop and Exhibition "5+5 Indonesia-Netherland", Erasmushuis Jakarta and Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 4th Yogyakarta Art Biennial, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1993

  • Art Gallery Conink, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • Library van de Katholieke Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 9th Jakarta Biennal, Jakarta, Indonesia

1984

  • "Ini Baroe Seni Roepa, Ini Seni Roepa Baroe", France cultural Center and Bandung Youth Center, Bandung, Indonesia

CATALOGUES

2011

  • "The End Is Just Beginning Is The End" published by Tyler Rollins Fine Art

2009

  • "CIRCL3" published by Singapore Tyler Print Institute
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years" published by Agus Suwage

2008

  • "Inanimate Performance" published by Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Nadi" published by Nadi Gallery

2007

  • "I/CON" published by Nadi Gallery

2006

  • "Singapore Biennale 2006" published by Singapore Biennale 2006

2005

  • "Pause/Replay" published by the artist
  • "Urban/Culture" 2nd CP Biennale 2005, published by CP Foundation

2004

  • "Playing The Fool" published by Valentine Willie Fine Art
  • "Fabulous Fable" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Toys ‘S’ Us" published by CP Foundation

2003

  • "Ough...Nguik!!" published by Nadi Gallery

2002

  • "Channel of Desires" published by Nadi Gallery

2001

  • "I and I and I" published by Nadi Gallery

2000

  • "Five Continend and One City" published by Instituto de Cultura de la Ciudad de Mexico
  • "Invisible Boundary" Metamorphosed Asian Art, published by Utsunomiyo Museum of Art
  • "Man and Space" published by Kwangju Biennale
  • "Thousand of Bodies" published by Sai-nokuni Saitama, artist in residence program

1999

  • "Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia" Tour Exhibition: (Jogjakarta) Indonesia, (Melbourne, Canberra, Sidney, Cairns) Australia, (Hiroshima, Ashikawa) Japan, (Berlin, Koln, Achen) Germany, (Amsterdam, Rotterdam) Netherland, (Jakarta) Indonesia

1998

  • "Plastic and The Other Waste" published by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

1997

  • "Havana Biennale 1997" published by Havana Biennale 1997
  • "Art in South East Asia 1997 Glimpses into The Future" published by Museum of Contemporary Tokyo

1996

  • "3rd Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art" published by Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

BOOKS

2010

  • "The Show Must Go On" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years" published by Studio Biru

2009

  • "Pause/Replay" Agus Suwage, published by Studio Biru

2007

  • "Thermocline of Art" New Asian Waves, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
  • "Indonesian Contemporary ArtNow", published by SNP International Publishing

2006

  • "Modern Indonesian Art, From Raden Saleh to The Present Day", published by Koes Art Books

2005

  • "Art and Social Change" Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, published by Pandanus Books

2003

  • "15 Years Cemeti Art House, Exploring Vaccum", published by Cemeti Art House

1998

  • "Indonesian Modern Art and Beyond", published by Indonesian Fine Arts Foundation

1997

  • "This Room of Mine" published by Lontar Foundation
 
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