“My painting hobby started when I was first attending elementary school. There is absolutely no influence of the environmental and descendant factor because within the family at Tarukan Pejeng Kaja village such a profession is very rare. Even, it almost does not exist,” revealed Kadek Suwi, the owner of Suwi Art Studio at Lungsiakan, Ubud.
Kadek Suwi, the father of two children namely Wayan Galang Erawan and Kadek Regina Erawati, initially got involved in painting that featured traditional style being inseparable from the condition of Bali known as the Island of the Gods, filled with customary and religious activities in daily life.
However, in line with the development of new modern works, Kadek ultimately has turned to abstract style since 2004. In most of his works, he highlights the order of symbols and harmonious combination of contrastive colors. Most of the themes featured are inspired by surrounding nature and daily life so that they look very attractive. From his works, we can observe his imagination and the identity that his works also have academic fundamentals.
“In my current works, I put more emphases on abstract style inspired by surrounding nature. Besides, they are also reflecting my identity through the works as well as the manifestation of respect and criticism to contemporary changes of nature,” explained Kadek, a graduate from the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. “Currently, most of my works are collected by foreign collectors, especially those from Australia and Europe other than from Jakarta,” concluded Kadek who also admired the works of painter Nyoman Erawan. (BTN/014)