Ugo Untoro

b. 1970, Purbalingga, Central Java, Indonesia
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Ugo Untoro graduated from the Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta, where he has since been living and working. His affinity for the street culture and graffiti art of the city has profoundly shaped the development of his artistic philosophy, infusing it with an edgy quality that is manifested through all his works. Hailing from a street background and related to the boundless nature of graffiti art, his signature style is rawer and more spontaneous rather than pleasant. Wrought, full of irony and existential questioning, Untoro’s unpolished canvases have a tangible connection to aspirations and issues shunted to society’s margins.

Untoro is one of the artists who has brought contemporary Indonesian art to a new level. He has already been recognised across the archipelago for his strong character and persistence in creating artworks that reflect the conditions of existence, both at the level of being an artist as well as a human being, which showcase Indonesian contemporary culture for what it is – turbulent, but also a pure and simple part of everyday reality. Over the past decade, Untoro’s works have encompassed an elaborate collection of paintings, drawings, poems and writings. Since 1995 he has had more than 10 solo exhibitions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Yogyakarta, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya, and has participated in group exhibitions in the USA, France, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. His entry to the Philip Morris Art Awards in 1998 was placed within the Best 5; and he was named Man of the Year in 2007 by Tempo Magazine, an Indonesian publication that covers current affairs and politics.

BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION FROM GAJAH GALLERY, MAY 2024.

Country: Indonesia
Instagram: ugountoro