I Gede Oka Astawa

“I pour out my temper on to the canvas, my moods creating intuitive brush strokes, splashes and melts”

Born: Pangkung Tibah, Kediri Tabanan, Bali - Indonesia

Education: Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta

Style: Abstract

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

About the Artist:
Oka Astawa is an Indonesian artist who creates powerful abstract works in vibrant colors. His life experiences of living in farmlands and close to nature is evident in how he passionately employs nature as the main theme in his artworks. His paintings are characterized by splashing and melting techniques that represent various contextual elements like nature, spirit, fire, cityscapes, landscapes and a multitude of complex emotions. He creates resonances between the powerful attributes of color, form and texture. His abstract pieces creates a universe of their own evoking an abundance of instinctive emotional responses and narratives that vary for each viewer.

Born in Bali, Oka is very proud of the Balinese culture and its local wisdom that strongly advocates sustainability and conservation of nature which has laid a strong foundation to his philosophical convictions.

Fun Fact:
He founded an art movement called the Oka Art Project in 2011, which aims to provide a space to collaborate with his fellow artists, to experiment and explore various media of art, and to move forward and thrive as an art community. He still expends his unending art energies through this project.

Solo Exhibitions:
2018 “A(ar)GRI(eve)CULTURE”, Studio Kalahan, Yogyakarta
• “Human and Nature Relationship”, Bioo Art Space, Bali
• “Palemahan”, Santriyan Gallery, Sanur Bali
• “Ecoko Green Project #2”, Bioo Art Space, Bali
• “Ecoko Green Project #1”, Lingkara Photo Art Galery, Bali
2015 “ Mobilitas Tourism”, Sangkring Art Project, Yogyakarta
2014 “I+DIALOG+I”, Apa dan Bagaimana Seni Rupa Saya!, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
2011 “Menjawab Kegelisahan”, Tembi Rumah Budaya, Yogyakarta
2008 “Kebudayaan Sebagai Awal untuk Berkarya”, Pandan Harum Café, Bali

2012 Finalist Pratisara Affandi Adhi Karya
• Finalist Jakarta Art Award 2010
• Best Artwork Nominee for “Water Color Painting”, Fine Art Department, Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta
2009 The Best 13 Artworks for “Poster Ink Painting”, Fine Art Department, Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta
2005 The Best 10 artworks for “Painting Competition”, PANJI Community, Tabanan, Bali