Sidik Fadjar

 

Born in Surabaya, East Java (1930-2004).

 

Fadjar studied English literature at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) before enrolling at the Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts (ASRI) in Yogyakarta. Between 1957-1961 he was in Bali to become a professional painter, there not only did he painted his impressions of the land and life of the Balinese, but witnessed the rapid tourist developments that made Balinese culture increasingly artificial as well. In response, Fadjar was moved to create his own form of expression by painting through pure impulse. He began with semi-abstract forms, which became more abstract after he became a lecturer at ASRI (Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts) at the end of 1961 in Yogyakarta. He gained the national art award from the Government in 1971 and Penghargaan Seni award from Yogyakarta in 1993, he was also active in seminars and art symposiums and has been a jury in the Biennale exhibition in Jakarta and two times in a row jury at the Art Biennale in Yogyakarta held at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta in 1988 and 1990.

 

Fadjar Sidik died on January 18, 2004 at his home in Yogyakarta. The artist has become an agent of change in modern painting and a pioneer of abstract art in Indonesia.

 

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