Irwan Sukendra

Born: Yogyakarta, 11 February 1966

Studies: Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta

Works: Irwan does realist painting on canvas that visualize the beauty of panorama and social phenomenon. He specializes on sketching on the spot such as the street view and cultural event.


  • 2002 Hotel SAHID JAYA, Jakarta Indonesia
  • 2004 Sketching exhibition, “Little Bali”, Lock Road Singapore
  • 2011 Group exhibition, Artemis Art Gallery Dutamas, Kualalumpur, Malaysia


  • 1984 1st winner of painting competition Lampung Selatan, South Sumatera
  • 1985 Best artwork Painting and Sketching Competition Institute of Art Yogyakarta
  • 1986 Best artwork Painting and Sketching Competition Institute of Art Yogyakarta
  • 2003 Best artworks, President Megawati Painting Competition, Solo

About the Artist:

Painting for Irwan is the choice of life, since Irwan started to paint since when he was a kid.

Irwan Sukendra was graduated from Institute of Arts Yogyakarta in 1985. He is a realist painter who mostly does sketches. He usually does sketching on the spot, mostly visualize the circumstances of the crowd spots in Yogyakarta that never sleeps and many cultural events especially Traditional Java dance and wayang (puppet) performance.

 Irwan already had experiences in visualizing traditional Java dance and wayang performance , he is very detail in each of his works as he also studies the history and content of each dance and wayang show that he visualize. Irwan also paints on canvas that also visualizes and promotes the beauty of Indonesia culture.

Need to Know:

  • Irwan Sukendra is one of the well known sketcher in Yogyakarta, as he is a senior one who has graduated from Institute of Art Jogja at 1985 and already joined exhibition since 1987 in Yogyakarta.