Entang Wiharso

Entang Wiharso was born in Tegal, Central Java, August 19, 1967. He completed his art education at ISI Yogyakarta 1994, majoring in Painting.

He has created paintings, sculptures, installation, and performance art pieces. His works represent a landscape of a world without borders, melting into one another, full with juxtaposition: the past and present, tales and daily life, history and myth, through figures that move between realism and surrealism. He absorbs the Javanese culture and diffuses it with current day world culture, transforming them into three-dimensional works that have not completely abandoned their two-dimensional characteristics. Meanwhile, in a number of his performance art works, Entang has tried to expand art into theater, providing us with entertaining social criticism and parody.

Entang has exhibited his works since his first year at ISI (1987). His solo exhibitions include Crush Me, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China (2013); Untold Story, Arndt, Berlin, Germany (2012); Love Me or Die, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2010); InToxic, Rumah Seni Yaitu, Semarang (2007); Amuk, CP Artspace, Washington D.C., USA (2010); and Strange Journey, Vrederburg Fort, Yogyakarta (1997). Meanwhile, he has also participated in various group shows including The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale, Indonesian Pavilion, Venice, Italy (2013); Expanded Painting 3, Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Interpellation, CP Open Biennale, Jakarta (2007); Jogja Biennale, Yogyakarta (1996); and a group show at ISI campus (1987).

In addition to a number of art awards—including Affandi Award (1994) and Visual Arts Awards 2011 from Visual Arts magazine—Entang has also participated in several art residencies and received art grants to expand his work, for instance a residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia (2013); The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2007); and Pacific Bridge Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Oakland, USA (1999).

Entang’s works are collected by, amongst others, The Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland; Thomas Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; Marino & Paola Golinelli, Bologna, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; OHD Museum of Modern & Contemporary Indonesian Art, Magelang; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; Rudi Akili Museum, Jakarta; Singapore Art Museum, and Videoinsight® Center, Turin, Italy.

Today, Entang divides his time working and residing between Yogyakarta and Rhode Island, USA.