Mr Wiharso, one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, was born in Tegal, Java, and he studied painting at the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Widely regarded for his unique depictions of contemporary life that employs a dramatic visual language, Mr Wiharso’s multi-disciplinary practice speaks through any channel that fits his immediate need, be it painting, sculpture, video, installation or performance. From universal issues of power, loss and love to concepts in ideology, philosophy and geography, his works are layered with social, political and sexual critique, revealing a complex picture of the human condition.
Mr Wiharso has held more than 45 solo gallery and museum exhibitions since 1995, and has represented Indonesia in several international biennales, including the 55th Venice Biennale and the Prague Biennale 6 in 2013; the Nanjing Biennale in 2010, and the 51st Venice Biennale and the 2nd Beijing Biennale in 2005. He has also held solo exhibitions across Asia, Europe and USA, including at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore in 2015; Marc Straus Gallery in New York, USA in 2015 and 2017; ARNDT Gallery in Berlin and Singapore in 2014 and 2012 respectively, and Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta in 2001 and 2010.
Mr Wiharso has also taken part in major group exhibitions such as “Art Turns. World Turns”, the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, Jakarta in 2017; “The Art Show – Art of the New Millennium in Taguchi Art Collection” at the Museum of Modern Art in Gunma, Japan in 2017; “Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas” at the Singapore Art Museum in Singapore in 2016; “Open Sea” at the Musée d’art Contemporain in Lyon, France in 2015, and in various other exhibitions held in Germany, Australia and Italy, among others.