Born 1975 Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia
Lives and works in
Handiwirman Saputra creates ambitious sculptural works that investigate material and form. His largely non-objective practice explores the inner and outer shapes of structures while referring obliquely to the body. He combines synthetic and natural materials, such as resins, textiles, steel, polyurethane, foam and paper, and occasionally incorporates moving and interactive components. Meandering between playful and absurd, the sculptures vary from small wall-hanging objects to free-standing works several metres in height. Saputra is a co-founder and member of Jendela Art Group, a collective of artists hailing from West Sumatra who are also graduates of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. The group deliberately eschews the figurative and sociopolitical character that has dominated the country’s art in recent decades. In its organic, expressive abstraction, Saputra has developed a style that is strikingly different to other forms of contemporary art in Indonesia.