Didi Kasi is a painter, sculptor, and a accessories designer. He was born in Malang, East Java, on 19 June 1963. He now resides in Yogyakarta. He completed his studies at ASRI (now ISI) Yogyakarta in 1985. Since 1987, he has participated in many group exhibitions in Indonesia (mostly in Jakarta and Yogyakarta), and Singapore. Amongst them: “Missing Trees”, Gallery Ide Global Art, Jakarta (2008); “Lintas”, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta; and “Ekspansi” (Expansion), Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2011). Most recently, he participated in “Kembar Mayang”, Museum Haji Widayat, Magelang (2012). In addition are his solo exhibitions, such as those held at Duta Fine Art Gallery, Jakarta (2004, 2007), and at Gallery Sampoerna, Surabaya (2005).
His paintings reflect the kind of traditional art sensibilities usually found in wayang kulit (shadow puppets) and stained glass techniques. He presents odd figures underscored with a great passion for play, to have a fresh insight and approach into the human figures and matters pertaining to them. Cardboard boxes and product packaging are a few of his most-frequently explored sculpture media. For the exhibition, “Lintas”, he wrapped a bicycle in cardboard. It serves as a statement of the yet-unrealized or postponed desire for a healthy lifestyle (bicycling), and the dominance of wasted product packaging in our lives today.
Didi Kasi has also received many awards and distinctions in the design field. He won first prize at the Indonesian Accessories Design competition organized by the magazines, Femina and Gadis, Jakarta (1992). In 1993, one of his designs was awarded the “Diamond to Day” distinction for Unique Work, in Japan.