Zico Albaiquni

b. 1987, Bandung, Indonesia
Lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia

Zico Albaiquni’s vibrant figurative and landscape paintings play with aspects of Indonesian art history and notions of painterly representation. In particular, he deploys references to various Indonesian traditions such as Mooi Indie paintings (‘beautiful Indies’) — a genre of painting capturing romanticised scenes of the Indonesian landscape and its people under Dutch colonial rule. Albaiquni’s unusual and intriguing colour palette developed from the tonal formulas of this early tradition. He also references the links between art, advertising, and the commodification of landscape to investigate contemporary environmental issues in Indonesia. His large-scale works challenge conventional perspectives and formats, often playing with trompe l’oeil illusions and disrupting the rectangular borders of the canvas.

Albaiquni holds an MA and BFA from the Institute Technology of Bandung, Indonesia. He has exhibited extensively in Indonesia, as well as in Australia, Italy, France, Austria, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some notable exhibitions include: ‘On the Nature of Botanical Gardens’, Framer Framed, Netherlands (2019); ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’, the National Gallery of Australia (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia (2018-19); and ‘JAVA – Art Energy’, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, France (2018).

He was a finalist of the 2nd Bandung Contemporary Art Award (2012), Soemardja Award (2012), and Asia Award, Tokyo DesignWeek (2015). In 2015, Albaiquni was awarded the Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur (Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, Austria) Residency, resulting in two solo shows in the capital city of Vienna. His work is collected by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), National Gallery of Australia, Singapore Art Museum, Museum MACAN (Indonesia), and Bega Valley Regional Gallery (Australia).

Biography information from Yavuz Gallery, May 2023

Country: Indonesia
Social Media: @zicoalbaiquni