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Yunizar

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YUNIZAR
Born 1971 in Talawi, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Lives and works in Yogyakarta

EDUCATION
1993
Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1988
High School of Fine Arts (SMSR) Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
“The Garden in Eden”, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Singapore
2014
“Yunizar Solo Exhibition”, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Singapore
2012
“Yunizar: Story”, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2010
“Jogja Psychedelia”, Galeri Soemardja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Jogja Psychedelia”, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Jogja Psychedelia”, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Singapore

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
“Bebas”, Sakato Art Community, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“GENSET”, Gajah Gallery, Whitebox, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“MONUMENTA: In Lightness”, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Singapore
2018
“Landscape's Legacies: Visualizing Alam Minangkabau”, Gajah Gallery,Yogyakarta
2017
“Gajah Open House”, Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2016
“Archaeology of the Present”, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Singapore
2015
“Bermain Rasa”, joint exhibition with Ugo Untoro, Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“A Study on Abstraction”, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

AWARDS
1997
Best Painting, Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards V
1995
Best Painting, PEKSIMINAS III, Jakarta
ARTWORK
Yunizar’s sculpture began as illustrations and paintings that interpret the national emblem of Indonesia — The mythical bird known as Garuda Pancasila. Rendering the Garuda in different positions and structures, Yunizar has deliberately rethought how to represent this iconic symbol of his country with statements along the lines of unity and diversity.

Historian TK Sabbapathy writes, "Yunizar does not replicate that emblem; on the contrary, he appropriates it selectively, thereby impressing it with other meanings." It is crucial to state that he maintains is not making statements in his art, rather, his work are figurations of his surroundings. The Garuda sculpture in particular stands strong with etched symbols in the front and an image of man and objects at the back. Etchings that have been Yunizar’s signature visual language for decades emphasizing the artists’ position to not provide any common markers of signs rather allowing prospective audiences to rely on their own agency.
Garuda
169 x 180 x 40 cm | Cast bronze | 2016


Untitled
200 x 240 cm | Acrylic on canvas | 2019