Ichwan Noor was born on 5 June 1963. He graduated from the Art Faculty, ISI in Yogyakarta, where he still resides. He creates his sculptures from a variety of materials, such as bronze, aluminum, and resin. In addition to presenting human figures in a realistic way, sometimes alongside or even metamorphosing into other objects, Ichwan has often presented technological objects, especially things related to sculpture studios. He plays an important role in assisting other artists, or even working on other artists' projects, which involve creating three-dimensional sculptures from metal. He has worked with many artists from Indonesia and South-East Asia. This is why other artists often call him, “The Maker”.
His most recent solo exhibition was “The Maker” at Mon Decor Gallery, Jakarta (2011). Prior to it, he showed “Phantom of the Bodies”, Sigiart Gallery, Jakarta (2008), and an exhibition held at Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta (1993). He has participated in more than 40 group exhibitions, at home and abroad since 1995 to 2012. Amongst them: “Kembar Mayang”, Museum Haji Widayat, Magelang (2012); “Ekspansi”, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2011), “Pleasure of Chaos”, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy (2010); “Jogja Biennale X”, Yogyakarta (2009); “Manifesto”, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2008); and “Mc(row) Media”, Langgeng Gallery, Magelang (2003).
Ichwan Noor's works have won many awards, including First Place at the “Kudus Kota Kretek” monument competition (2005), and Best Work at the group exhibition, “Art Motoring: Motion and Reflection” (2011).