Born 1978 Solo, Indonesia
Lives and works in
Aditya Novali studied architecture and conceptual design before establishing himself as an artist. This training is evident in his sculptures, which often involve a complex level of production and use of commercial materials, balanced with a subversive humour. Themes of urban planning, construction and building recur across his practice. He is especially interested in creating works with an element of audience participation or engagement, perhaps a legacy of his training as a dalang cilik (child puppet master), a traditional Indonesian art form. This was evident in a body of paintings from 2010, known as Mooi In(Die), in which movable panels offered multiple viewpoints and combinations instead of a single, static canvas. Novali has also incorporated several dynamic, interactive elements in his meticulously constructed maquettes of apartment buildings in The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project, which comment on Indonesia’s lack of affordable, urban housing for low-income communities.