Rudi Mantofani is a painter and sculptor. He was born in Padang, West Sumatra on 21 April 1973. He completed his education at the Sculpture Department, Faculty of Art and Design, ISI Yogyakarta (1996). He still resides in Yogyakarta. He is founder-member of Jendela art group, which is considered as an influential art group in the sphere of Indonesian contemporary art. His paintings reexplored still life representations through a fresh, absurd, and ironic viewpoint. Meanwhile, his sculptures tend to be daily objects presented in an artistic light similar to his paintings. Visual sensations become important in his paintings and sculptures because he tries to present objects in the perfection of their forms, before moving onto interpretations. His works are widely sought after by collectors in Singapore and Hong Kong.
His solo exhibitions include: “The Culture of Things”, CP Artspace, Jakarta (2006), Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong (2003); and “Cakrawala Ganda” (lit. Double Horizon), Nadi Gallery, Jakarta (2002). He has participated in a number of group exhibitions at home and abroad, amongst them: “Art Stage Singapore 2011”, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; “The Pleasure of Chaos: Inside New Indonesian Art”, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2010); “Reflective Asia: 3rd Nanjing Triennale”, Nanjing, China (2010); “The 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art”, Brisbane, Australia (2009); “Imagining Asia: 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition”, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung (2007); and “Jogja Biennale VI”, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta (1999).
Rudi also accepts commissions for sculpture projects, such as Super Smash, for a sports center sponsored by a tobacco company in Kudus.