Irwan Guntarto

“Art is a way to effectively express intangible human feelings like love, hate, fanaticism, ideology and so on”


Born: Java, 12 January 1978

Education: Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta

Style: Contemporary surrealism

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

About the Artist:
Irwan Gurtanto is an Indonesian artist from Yogyakarta who is fast gaining popularity as a contemporary surrealist. His artworks are largely critiques of political venality, socio-economic issues, environmental abuse and cultural stereotypes. In his recent works, there is a signature use of animal iconography, that provides a cheerful façade to his works that often have critical undertones. He uses art as an uninhibited avenue for exploring his ingenuity. He takes inspiration from Van Gogh and Jumaldi Alfi, a prominent Indonesian contemporary artist.

Fun Facts:
He is a proud member of an artist collective in Yogyakarta that does theatre performances in public spaces. Their plays sheds light on various social and political issues.

Exhibitions:

2020 Mayinart exhibition “If Walls Could Speak”, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2019 Mayinart exhibition “If walls Could Speak #1”, WTP Singapore
2018
• Group exhibitin Pecinta Unggas Kepak Kepak Sayap, Taman BudayaYogyakata
• Indonesia’s Charm exhibitin "Visit Sumenep", Graha Adipoday, Sumenep, Madura, Indonesia
• Nandur Srawung "Bebrayan", Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
2017
• Soponyono group exhibition "Guyonmaton", Jaran Art Space, Yogyakarta
• International Artswitch exhibition, Jogja Gallery
• Nandur Srawung #4, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• Group exhibitin IKASSRI "Togetherness”, Pendhapa Art Space Yogyakarta

2016
• “On The Spot Painting” Soponyono Group exhibition, Taman Sari Yogyakarta
• Yogyakarta Art Festival FKY, Ngasem Plaza
• Nandur Srawung “Totem”, TBY, Yogjakarta
• “Unspoken Peace”, Pendhopo Art Space, Yogyakarta
• Soponyono group exhibition “Don’t Worry”, Upgrade Cafe Bar, Yogyakarta
• Charity exhibition for Aceh, Langit Art Space Yogjakarta
• “Handarbeni”, SMSR gallery, Yogyakarta

2015
• Soponyono group exhibition “Look in Borobudur”, Mettaloka Guest House and Artspace, Magelang, Indonesia
• “Nusantara”Menjadi Jogja”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• NandurSrawung #2,”Batik Klasik, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• Soponyono group exhibition “WIWITAN”, Rumah Seni Sidoarum, Yogyakarta
• Pecinta unggas exhibition “Art ves Attack Sayap-sayap”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• On the spot painting, “Oplosan Borbudur Today”, Magelang, Yogyakarta

2014
• Cukil Grafis workshop, “Indonesia Siapa Yang Punya”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• Nandur Srawung, Taman Budaya Yogyakata
• Pecinta unggas exhibition “Art ves Attack Sayap-sayap”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta

2013
• “The Last Harvest”, rice field area in Bantul, Yogyakarta
• SMSR 50th Anniversary exhibition“”GO BACK GOJEG”, SMSR Gallery Yogyakarta
• Installation art exhibition, Sanggar Seniman Muda Sleman, Yogyakarta
2012
• Migrant Workers group exhibition TRITURA”ARTSPIRASI BURUH
• “Migrant Workers Across Borders”, GALERI CIPTA II TIM Jakarta
• “Dream Is on Your Hand”, Tembi Rumah Budaya Yogyakarta
2011
• Do It Your Self (DIY) group, (Hamzrut, Iskandar, Sriyadi and Digie Sigit) “Rekam Jejak, Galeri Biasa, Yogyakarta
• “Kampung Halaman” exhibition, Balai Sriwijaya, Yogyakarta
• Indonesia Kaleidoscope,”Rumah Budaya Tri Tunggal, Yogyakarta
2010 Buruh Migran TRITURA group exhibition “Science and Artvocacy”, Galangan VOC, Jakarta
2009
• “Seniku Tak Berhenti Lama”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
• Exhibition of 10 Artists “Greetings Jakarta”, JNM Art Space Jakarta
• Art installation exhibition Sewon Terbuka #3, FSMR ISI Yogyakarta
• Collaborative painting work with Arip and Nakamizi Japanese textile artist, Inacraf JCC Jakarta
• TRITURA”ORASI, ARS LONGA[arslonga] Yogyakarta
2008
• “Tritura”, Galeri For Citizen Jogja Nasional Museum, Yogyakarta
• “Seniku Tak Berhenti Lama”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta