Iwan Yusuf

b. 1982, Gorontalo, Indonesia
Lives and works in Indonesia

Iwan Yusuf is an artist known for his portraiture. Despite having a talent for painting since childhood, he never intended to become an artist until at the age of 17, when Iwan read the artist’s biography of the late Widayat and his museum in a magazine.

Iwan’s object of his portrait paintings are primarily middle-aged men, which is strongly influenced from the loss of his father figure when he was younger. Hence, Iwan’s portraits immortalises the story and memory of his subjects, their faces like an open book revealing history within their wrinkles and expressions. For Iwan, painting hyperrealistic portraits of men expresses his longing for a father figure in his life.


Country: Indonesia
Instagram: studio_jaring