Made Wianta is a distinguished multidimensional artist with extensive international recognition not only as a painter, but also as a committed Balinese artist who has developed themes on social and humanitarian issues through his installation art, poetry and musical presentations. Born in Tabanan in 1949 and formally educated in fine arts in Denpasar and Yogyakarta before embarking on an artistic sojourn in Europe in the 1970s, Wianta has a voracious appetite for every form of artistic expression he encounters - embracing every media, including painting, batik, music, theatre, dance, poetry, calligraphy and installation work – as means to express his rich and ever-changing artistic temperament.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Wianta has created more than 14,000 works of art which have been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums internationally. His exhibitions include 54 solo exhibitions and 27 group exhibitions. He has received 4 awards of appreciation and recognition from art institutions in Indonesia, Italy and USA, clearly establishing Made Wianta as one of most respected and influential artists in Indonesia today.
In recent years, his focus has increasingly turned to social issues, often donating the proceeds of his exhibitions to assist the less fortunate members of Indonesian society.
"Natural Flowing" - Wianta's latest solo exhibition at Jenggala Art Gallery, sees the Artist's boundless artistic energy and unquenchable need for creativity take form in paintings, ceramic and glass. Working freely in ceramic shapes and hand painting Jenggala ceramic and glass items, Wianta's portrays the journeys to different places as seen from the air. Capturing observations and perspectives obtained from aircraft windows on his frequent world travels; for Wianta the earth acquires a new perspective. Mesmerized by the light, dew, rain, snow, ocean, beach, lagoon, meadow and trees – each represents a different nuance presenting deeper meanings and a fuller appreciation of life.
As his latest exhibition demonstrates, Wianta's life-long pursuit of everything and anything that touches his heart and awakens his deepest emotions continues. His art is a series of snapshots of moments in a life lived to its fullests; dedicated to self-exploration and learning.
Are the results ephemeral? Wianta would not argue the point; on this level, at least, art most closely imitates life.
"Natural Flowing" - a solo exhibition of paintings, hand-painted ceramics and glass by Made Wianta from February 17 – April 20, 2006 at the Jenggala Art Gallery on Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, Bali.
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