S. Teddy D. was born in Padang, West Sumatra in 1970. He has been living and working in Yogyakarta since 1992. For two years (1990-1992) he studied art at STSI Surakarta, before moving to ISI Yogyakarta, where he completed his studies in 1997. He was artist-in-residence at Ludwig Art Forum, Aachen, Germany (2000), and the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2011).
Teddy has received many awards including Twelve Choice Lucky Strike Young Talented, which was held at Gedung 28, Jakarta (2001), and The Best Five Finalists, Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards (2000).
Teddy is also actively involved in many community-based art projects in Yogyakarta. Past projects include: murals for the Lempuyangan fly-over, children’s books collaboration, participation in a festival of forests and watersprings, and installation art for Garin Nugroho’s 2005 film, Opera Jawa.
Teddy’s body of work is comprised of variety media, from drawing, painting, installation, sculpture, to performance art. Born to a military family, Teddy is one of Indonesia’s most prominent artists to emerge after the fall of the New Order regime. He often uses his self-portrait as a model to convey criticism and satire, as well as humor and parody about socio-political situations in Indonesia.
He has participated in at least 70 group exhibitions since 1992. It began with Sapu Lidi at Taman Budaya Jawa Tengah, Surakarta (1992). Most recently, he participated in Reach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong; ART JOG 12, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta (2012); Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia (2011); Transubstantiation, Kendra Gallery, Bali (2010); Hi June (with Bob Yudhita Agung), Taman Budaya Yogyakarta (2009); Osaka Triennale, Osaka Culture Foundation, Japan (2001); Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia, a traveling exhibition held in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and several cities in Australia, Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands (1999-2002); Biennale VI Yogyakarta, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta (1999).
Since 1996, Teddy has presented no less than sixteen solo exhibitions. Prior exhibitions include: Reposisi: Art Merdeka, Gallery 1, LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2012) and Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta (2011); Mindscape, Kendra Gallery, Bali and Mensonge & Destruction, Wallworks Galerie, Paris, France (2011); Sandiwara, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong (2010); Love Tank (The Temple), National Museum of Singapore (2009); Drawing in Emotion, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (2008); Pictura, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta (2007); Metallic Shit, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2001); Gambarsari, Kedai Kebun, Yogyakarta (1999); and his first solo exhibition at Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta (1996).