Ibrahim Sutan Parpatiah

b. 1975, Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Lives and works in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Ibrahim Sutan Parpatiah is an abstract artist distinguished among the art communities of Indonesia. Ibrahim began his fine arts training at Sekolah Menangah Kejuruan Seni Rupa (SMSR), a vocational arts college in West Sumatra. He later pursued a formal education at the Institut Seni Indonesia—Yogyakarta (ISI) in 1996, finishing his fine arts degree with a focus on painting in 2006. Ibrahim returned to West Sumatra in 2006 to pursue a new venture in teaching at the ISI Padang Panjang, yet he remains focused on exploring and enhancing his creative work.

Since receiving his fine arts degree, Ibrahim’s approach to painting has been rooted in characteristics of abstract expressionism—a visual language shared among many of his pupils such as the prolific Minang artists, Yunizar, Handiwirman Saputra, Yusra Martunus, and Zulkarnaini. Ibrahim’s method of painting is founded on an acute awareness of feeling; emotions experienced day-to-day, at home or at work, are integral to his creative decision-making. For Ibrahim, allowing emotions to direct his artistic approach is the most effective way to articulate both his inner and external self. Inspired by the works of abstract-expressionist pioneers Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, Ibrahim pursues a creative process grounded in visceral instinct and spontaneity.

Biography information from Gajah Gallery, July 2023

Country: Indonesia