“The city of Jogja has an ancient art and architectural tradition seen in its buildings, which is reflected in my paintings.”“Hello, I’m Hendarto. I was born in Bandung, but spent my childhood all over Java because my father was a member of the Indonesian Air Force, living in Yogyakarta and Makassar.
“My family was large and happy. I was the fifth of nine children mostly raised by my mother after my father died on duty. With two brothers and six sisters, my home was always lively.
“I became interested in traditional batik art during junior high school. I would make puppets from thick cardboard and my friends liked them so much, they bought them from me. As a high school student, I would easily sneak in through a broken fence to the art institute next door. After talking to some students and faculty, I learned how to sketch. Afterwards, I enrolled as an architecture student at Gadjah Mada University.
“I came to a crossroads in my early 20s. I really wanted to pursue a career in art, even though my family was opposed because there was no financial support available and my younger sisters needed money to attend school. Despite my family’s disapproval, I went on to study art without any support. I frequently took many walks alone in the countryside and learn about people’s way of living. The city of Jogja has an ancient art and architectural tradition seen in its buildings, which are reflected in my paintings.
“Before my wife died, we had two children and I now have two grandchildren. My family is the main reason I paint. I use canvas, oil and acrylic in my creations. I hope Novica can help me expose my paintings to many people in other countries.”
6 items by Hendarto
Balinese Acrylic Rural Portrait on Canvas
Bakul Jamu, Balinese Acrylic Rural Portrait on Canvas
HendartoA typical rural scene in Java, a woman sells jamu, a traditional herbal drink, to exhausted farmers resting after a long day of work. Cool hues of blue stand in contrast to earthy brown tones...$1,497.99
Original Biblical Acrylic Painting on Canvas from Bali
Digoda, Original Biblical Acrylic Painting on Canvas from Bali
HendartoBalinese artist Hendarto depicts the moment in which Christ, surrounded by a bright halo of light, refuses to succumb to Satan's attempts to tempt him on a dark desert night. The artist titles his...$1,497.99
Kembalinya Anak yang Hilang
Balinese Original Biblical Acrylic Painting (2010)
Kembalinya Anak yang Hilang, Balinese Original Biblical Acrylic Painting (2010)
HendartoInspired by the biblical tale of the prodigal son, Hendarto of Bali paints this expressionist masterpiece. He titles it Kembalinya Anak yang Hilang, which means "the return of the prodigal...$757.99
Unique Expressionist Acrylic Painting of Soulmates
Pasangan, Unique Expressionist Acrylic Painting of Soulmates
HendartoInspired by traditional Javanese shadow puppets, artist Hendarto of Bali composes this expressive painting. Two profiles are depicted, one echoing the other perfectly, symbolizing that they are...$504.99
Colorful Abstract Acrylic Painting of Heron in Flight
Cangak Sore, Colorful Abstract Acrylic Painting of Heron in Flight
HendartoHendarto of West Java summons his inner muse to create this expressive abstract composition. He titles it Cangak Sore, or "Afternoon Heron." The lithe bird takes flight through golden skies...$889.99
Original Signed Abstract Acrylic Painting by Javanese Artist
Aliran Pohon, Original Signed Abstract Acrylic Painting by Javanese Artist
HendartoThis expressive abstract composition is created by Hendarto of West Java. Inspired by the lush environment of Bali, he titles the piece Aliran Pohon, which translates to "Flow of Tree." The...$599.99