HERI DONO

b. 1960 Jakarta, Indonesia

 

He studied at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta, where he is based until now.

 

For almost forty years, Heri Dono has developed a fantastical world of dichotomies in his paintings. Humorously juxtaposing reality with imagination, folk with contemporary art, politics with fiction, the tension between these opposing forces create narratives that cut across a complex, multi-layered system of ideologies. Having lived through the struggle against oppression by the Indonesian regime in the 1980s, and later the ‘reformasi’ in 1998 that spawned from the end of Suharto’s regime and developed into the neo-liberal globalization of Indonesia as it is today, Heri Dono’s artistic methodology re-examines power structures through satirical illustrations of humans versus the Other, man versus machine, offering a kind of passage for others to survive real life transitions during challenging times. 

He is known for his uniquely contemporary, Javanese style inspired by traditional Wayang Kulit (puppet theatre). Through his construction of thoughtful layers in his work, he is able to emphasize the more serious, underlying reflections on and criticisms of social and political issues such as military intervention, political corruption, and environmental destruction, allowing easier engagement with often difficult concepts. 

 

Heri Dono participated in no less than 31 international biennales. His works have been widely exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2015, the Gwangju Biennale in 1995 and 2006, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France, and Asia Society New York, among others. His works are in the collections of the Deutsche Guggenheim in Frankfurt, the Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Award winners of the Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development (1998), the Unesco Prize in 2000, and the Anugerah Adhikarya Rupa (Arts Award) from the Indonesian Government in 2014.

 

Exhibitions

Nirvana: Tropical Rebirth

Pannaphan Yodmanee, Rodel Tapaya, Heri Dono

 

03.07 - 04.25, 2018

Bangkok

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Land of Freedom

Heri Dono

6.29 - 8.12, 2017

Hong Kong​​​

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HERI DONO

Angel's Exodus

11.24 - 12.31, 2016

Bangkok

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Beijing

D06, 798 Art District,

No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road

Chaoyang Dst. Beijing, China

B01, 798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road

Chaoyang Dst. Beijing, China

Hong Kong

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Bangkok

Room. 201 - 206
River City Bangkok,
23 Soi Charoenkrung 24,

Bangkok, 10110, Thailand

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