Gatot Pujiarto


Born in 1970 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Currently, he lives and works in Malang.

Graduated from the Department of Fine Art and Design at IKIP Malang in 1995. Pujiarto’s works explore abnormalities, weirdness, and tragedy. Inspired by uncommon events or occurrences in everyday life, including stories heard from friends, TV shows, and the news, Pujiarto’s works amuse and provoke audiences to reinterpret daily stories as a new reality, to enjoy them through evoking new emotions. The visual sensation in his works is combined with the unique textures that are created by pasting, patching, layering, tearing, binding, and by making fabric patterns. Pujiarto’s utilises a distinctive collage and weathering technique on fabric, which is either applied on canvas or installed in the form of a tapestry. The bare threads and weave of cloth are revealed for his viewers’ scrutiny. The broken cloth acts as a metaphor for the distress of man’s action upon nature: negative, confused and counterproductive to the overarching aim of world harmony. Bare tendrils accumulate to form the skeletal structure of the original cloth, reminding us through nostalgia of what it had originally been. Pujiarto has been widely exhibited throughout Indonesia and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Shout—Indonesian Contemporary Art (2014), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome, Italy; Indonesian Contemporary Fiber Art (2012), ArtOne New Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia; and Jatim Art Now (2012), National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Past Exhibitions

Materialised Condition

Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore
15/03/2017 — 14/05/2017


Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong – Pedder Street
14/07/2016 — 01/09/2016

Gatot Pujiarto: Stitching Stories

Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong – H Queen’s
15/01/2016 — 07/03/2016

Gatot Pujiarto: Masquerade of Life

Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore
03/10/2015 — 15/11/2015