Erwin Utoyo is a sculptor. Born in Surabaya, East Java, on 8 February 1961, he currently resides in Jakarta. He received his art education from the Sculpture Department, Art Faculty, Jakarta Art Institute, IKJ. His works are created out of wood and other media, and appear as social protest and satire in the face of urban society. One of his works, which became a hot topic of conversation, was Supermarket, shown at “the 9th Jakarta Art Bienniale” (1993—1994). There, he exhibited a life-sized duplicate of a supermarket, complete with its contents, entirely made out of wood. Through this work, he wished to criticize the vast swathes of Indonesian forest being cleared to make way for industries and our comfortable lives. Meanwhile, in the work Head to Head, exhibited at Ex-It, a group exhibition with IKJ’s Sculpture Studio alumni (Galeri Cipta II, Taman Ismail Marzuki, 2010), a hand reached out from behind a door towards a dumpster. The hand is full of condoms, just as the dumpster is full of balloons and condoms. There, he was satirizing, not criticizing the urban lifestyle.
Erwin Utoyo’s works also appear in other group exhibitions, such as Metro Solid, Galeri Cipta II, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta (2008); “Art Motoring” and “Bayang”, both held at the Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2011). In addition to creating sculptures, Erwin once worked at a television broadcasting company as Head of Production Artistic from 1995 to 2007.