Agus Suwage

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Agus Suwage is one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists. The subject of the portrait, also self-portraits, plays a dominant role in his oeuvre. It is this endless potential of portraiture, so malleable, to interpretation and appropriation, which is perhaps one of its most beguiling charms.

The artist rarely allows Realism the privilege it enjoys in conventional portraiture. Using a series of ingenious visual ploys, he turns the loaded connotations of self-portraiture on their head, taking on the pervasive Southeast Asian themes of identity and displacement. Adopting the concept of the self-portrait as an image not as seen but as represented, Suwage cleverly fuses together elements from a wide range of media in constructing his various alter-egos. His references are eclectic and diverse; they range from pop icons to traditional motifs, from current affairs to photography, religion, music and more.

place & year of birth
1959 in Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia

featured galleries

1979 – 1986

Graphic Design at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Faculty of Fine Art and Design, Bandung Indonesia

solo exhibitions

Beauty in the dark, Gallery Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland


I/CON, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia


Pause / Re-Play, Galeri Soemardja, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

group exhibitions
Recent Group Exhibitions


ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pasific Contemporary Art Fair, Beyond Art Space, Shanghai

Passions ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pasific Contemporary Art Fair, Galerie Canna, Shanghai Exhibition
Center, Shanghai, China

Bentuk-Bentuk by Valentine Willie Fine Art & Nadi Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia

Loro Blonyo Kontemporer, Magelang Indonesia

Merti Bumi, Lerep Kampung Seni, Ungaran, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Space/SpacingGaleri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia

Coffe, Cigarettes and Pad Thai” Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Manifesto Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia

CIGE, Nadi Gallery, Beijing, China

Inanimate Performance” Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

The Scale of Black” Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore

Animal Kingdom,Jogja Galery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Biennale Jogja IX 2007, Neo-Nation, Jogjakarta National Museum, Indonesia

Ar[t]chipelago Alert, Tonyraka Art Gallery, Bali, Indonesia

Luar Biasa, Galeri Biasa, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Art Paris-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Uni Emirates Arab

Asian International Art Exhibition 22nd Imagining Asia, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung,


Shanghai Contemporary Art 2007, Shanghai, China

Celebr’art’e Fire Boar, Kupu-Kupu Art Gallery, Jakarta / Griya Santrian, Bali

On Appropriation, Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia

Fetish Art Object, Biasa Art Space, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Thermocline of Art New Asian Waves, ZKM, Kalsruhe, Germany

Anti-Aging, Gaya Art Space, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Imagined Affandi, Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia

China International Gallery Exposition Langgeng Gallery & Vanessa Art Link, Beijing, China


Singapore Biennale 2006 published by Singapore Biennale 2006

Pause/Replay published by the artist
Urban/Culture 2nd CP Biennale 2005, published by CP Foundation


Playing The Fool published by Valentine Willie Fine Art
Fabulous Fable published by Nadi Gallery
Toys ‘S’ U published by CP Foundation


Thermocline of Art New Asian Waves, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
Indonesian Contemporary ArtNow, published by SNP International Publishing

Modern Indonesian Art, From Raden Saleh to The Present Day, published by
Koes Art Books

Art and Social Change Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, published by Pandanus Books

15 Years Cemeti Art House, Exploring Vaccum, published by Cemeti Art House