List of the most popular artists from Indonesia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Indonesian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Indonesian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.
With artists ranging from Ida Bagus Made to I Ketut Soki, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.
This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Indonesia?" and "Who are the most well-known Indonesian artists?"For further information on these historic Indonesian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Indonesian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Hugo Arndt Rodolf, Baron van Lawick, known as Hugo van Lawick, was a Dutch wildlife filmmaker and photographer. Through his still photographs and films, Van Lawick helped popularize the study of chimpanzees during his then-wife Jane Goodall's studies at Gombe Stream National Park during the 1960s and 1970s. His films drew the attention of the viewing public to the dramatic life cycles of several wild animals of the Serengeti, such as wild dogs, elephants, and lions. ...more
Birthplace: Surabaya, Indonesia
Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesiasee more on Hugo van Lawick
Adrianus Wilhelmus "Arie" Smit is a Dutch-born Indonesian painter living on Bali. ...more
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands
Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia
Art Forms: Painting
Affandi was an Indonesian artist. Born in Cirebon, West Java, as the son of R. Koesoema, who was a surveyor at a local sugar factory, Affandi finished his upper secondary school in Jakarta. He gave up his studies to pursue his desire to become an artist. Beginning in 1934, Affandi began teaching himself how to paint. He married Maryati, a fellow artist. One of his children, Kartika also became an artist. ...more
Birthplace: Cirebon, Indonesia
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Affandi
ĀBasuki Abdullah was an Indonesian painter and a convert to Roman Catholicism from Islam. His work is characterized as realism and has been exhibited in the Indonesian National Gallery. He received formal training in The Hague. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia he was an art teacher. After the war he became known internationally, winning an art contest on the occasion of the accession in the Netherlands of Queen Juliana. His status in Indonesia provided an opportunity to paint the official portrait of President Suharto. Abdullah was beaten to death by three assailants during a break-in at his Jakarta home. ...more
Birthplace: Surakarta, Indonesia
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Basuki Abdullah