Indonesian (1930 - 2004)

Across his series, the works of Fadjar Sidik  (1930-2004) were responses to Indonesia’s increasingly modern environment, which was embarking on a new age of industrialisation at the time. This influx of technology was translated onto his canvases as highly graphic, geometric abstractions. Unlike his Yogyakarta peers’ pursuit in realist paintings, the Surabaya-born artist presented a new aesthetic proposition in the age of machinery, which cemented his irreplaceable contribution to the development of modern abstract art in Indonesia.

Equally important, Sidik’s work occupied a nuanced position between the modern and traditional world. He achieved this by allowing elements from traditional art forms to influence his abstract compositions. These elements included batik’s wax-resist method, as well as visual forms reminiscent of tikar weavings and Islamic calligraphy. With such features, his works drew profound connections between universal geometric shapes and his Indonesian identity.

In 1947, Sidik joined the social realist group Sanggar Pelukis Rakyat (The People’s Painters) under the tutelage of Indonesian masters Hendra Gunawan (1918-1983). With their emphasis on making art for the people, the group influenced his vision to create works that would look beautiful alongside everyday objects. Today, his works are collected by key Southeast Asian art institutions, including the National Gallery Indonesia, National Gallery Singapore, Neka Art Museum and the OHD Museum.  
A portrait of Fadjar Sidik


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Permanent Exhibition, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Fadjar Sidik in Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics, Indonesia
Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Art and Cermaics, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia Since the 19th Century”, National Gallery, Singapore

1930 Born in Peneleh, Surabaya
1953 Joins Sanggar Pelukis Rakyat (People's Painter Studio)
1954 Studies painting at Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts), Yogyakarta
1957 Quits People's Painter Studio and works as a painter in Bali, Indonesia
1961 Moves back to Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Begins teaching in ASRI
1966 Appointed as a full-time lecturer at ASRI
1967 Studies art restoration and conservation techniques in Auckland, New Zealand.
1971 Receives Anugerah Seni (National Art Award) from the Ministry of Education and Culture
1979 Serves as Head of the Painting Department at Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI, Indonesian Art Institute)
1984 Serves as Assistant Rector III at ISI
1993 Receives Penghargaan Seni (Art Award) by the City of Yogyakarta
1995 Receives the Teaching Award by ISI
Retires from teaching
1998 Receives an award by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Indonesia
2004 Passes away in Yogyakarta

2002 Retrospective Exhibition, curated by Joanes Sardjono, One Gallery
2000 Tokoh Abstrak Indonesia (Indonesian Abstract Figure), One Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
1991 Pameran Retrospektif 40 Tahun Melukis (40 Years Retrospective Exhibition, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Ministry of Education Fine Arts Building (present Gallery Nasional), Jakarta, Indonesia
1978 Dewan Kesenian, Jakarta, Indonesia
1974 Solo Show, sponsored by Chase Manhattan's Art Programme, Jakarta, Indonesia

2019 Transition Line (Second National Art Collection Exhibition), curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo and Rizki A. Zaelani, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
2018 Celebrating Indonesian Portraiture, curated by Dr. Oei Hong Djien, OHD Museum, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Seirigi Masa, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotono, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
2017 Ahmad Sadali and Fadjar Sidik, curated by A. Anzieb, on the occasion of Jogja Contemporary, Jogja National Museum, Indonesia
Our Motherland's Melody: paintings from the collection of the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Indonesia, curated by Asikin Hasan, Amir Sidharta, Mikke Susanto and Sally Texania, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Wonders of Indonesia 2017, curated by Citra Smara Dewi, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
The Parallel Cosmos: Hsiao Chin & Fadjar Sidik, CANS @project, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Ziarah: menampilkan 40 karya maestro seni rupa Indonesia dan mancanegara, ”, an exhibition of works from the National Gallery of Indonesia, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Galeri R.J. Katamsi, Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2012 Exploring Modern Indonesian Art, Oei Hong Djien (OHD) Museum, curated by Eddy Soetriyono, Magelang, Indonesia
Gelar Karya Seni Rupa: Jejak Pencapaian 10 Perupa Indonesia, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011 Pameran pilihan OHD Musuem: Karya Tentang Tubu, works from the OHD Museum collection, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
2003 Jejak Langkah: Pameran Seni Rupa era 60-an, curated by M. Agus Burhan, Plataran Djoko Pekik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2001 Pink-project, curated by Hendro Wiyanto, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
1993 Pameran Seni Lukis Modern Indonesia di Belanda (Indonesian Modern Painting Exhibition in the Netherlands), Fine Arts Exhibition Building, Department of Education and Culture, The Netherlands
1991 Pameran Kesetiakawanan Seni Rupa Indonesia Yogyakarta, Purna Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1976 Dimensi: Pameran Lukisan, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotono, Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia Nyoman Gunarsa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1990 Modern Indonesian Art, travelling exhibition organised by Joseph Fischer as part of 'Festival of Indonesia', Houston, San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, Honolulu
1989 Art and Rotary: Pameran Seni Lukis Indonesia 89, organised by Rotary International District 340 Indonesia, Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, Indonesia
1988 Biennale Seni Lukis Yogyakarta, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pameran Besar Pelukis Nasional, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
1985 4th ASEAN Exhibition of Painting and Photography (touring exhibition), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, Bandar Seri Begawan
1984 Biennale VI Seni Lukis Indonesia, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
1974 ASEAN Mobile Display (touring exhibition), Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok
1954 Group exhibition with Pelukis Rakyat, Balai Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia