Gatot Indrajati (b. 1980 in Indonesia)

Gatot Indrajati was born in West Java, but grew up in Magelang, capital of Central Java. Since young, he has always had a close affinity with wood, fashioning his own toys as a child, not being able to afford the commercially available metal or plastic figures and toys. Instead, he created his own versions of superheroes by his own handiwork.

Pursuing his higher education at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI), wood became the primary medium for his sculpting work. Gatot is thus far the only artist to have won the UOB Painting of the Year award twice; the first time in 2011, and once again in 2016. Not only did he win the award a second time, but Right or Wrong My Home, the artwork submitted, was selected for the Painting of the Year at the regional level as well.

His depictions of wooden toys on canvas and paper, occasionally incorporating wood, are critiques of society, the dolls and toys in his artwork metaphors for those who have become the playthings of others, a phenomenon that exists in society today but not often acknowledged. His works provide a “second life” to these playthings, as well as provide a platform for Gatot to express his opinions about social issues he observes in society.


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