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About Heri Dono

Heri Dono’s figurative paintings give a complicated picture of Indonesian society and politics that is intertwined with larger international issues and concerns. Having grown up in a tumultuous period of Indonesian history, Dono often confronts violence and social turmoil in his work, as well as Western culture as it is viewed in his country. After leaving art school, the artist began studying shadow puppetry, incorporating puppets in his installations and drawings to probe darker elements of human experience. Dono, who has participated in multiple editions of the Venice Biennale, has said: “Art is not just about exploring the beauty or the aesthetic but to give awareness to the audience. Artists have a moral responsibility to add to the conversation, to make people aware of injustices.”

Indonesian, b. 1960, Jakarta, Indonesia, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Heri Dono "HERIDONOLOGY", Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
2015
JOY/FEAR, Mizuma Art Gallery, Singapore
2015
Indonesian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Hands Across the Water, Baik Art, Los Angeles
2013
VERSUS - Indonesian Contemporary Art, Mizuma Art Gallery, Singapore