Exhibition Dates: June 17–18, 2020
Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo from Indonesia was spurred by the abstract patterns from local traditional arts for his sculptures and prints. — Jim Supangkat & Sanento Yuliman
33 Auction is pleased to announce Dynamics of Form – Gregorius Sidharta, an exhibition of masterworks that will fill its online viewing room for the whole month of July.
Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo (born in Yogyakarta, 30 November 1932 – died in Surakarta, Central Java, 4 October 2006 at the age of 73 years), is a well-known Indonesian sculptor. He is also considered as a reform figure in Indonesian sculpture.
Sidharta was born as the third of ten children. He began to study painting at the People’s Painter Studio, Yogyakarta, which he then continued at the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts also in Yogyakarta. Before turning to sculpture, he had learned the basics of painting from painters such as Hendra Gunawan and Trubus in the 1950s. In 1953 he was sent to study at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands for three years by the mission of the Catholic Church.
Gregory Sidharta began to emerge when he made “The Cry of the Goddess Betari” which is now part of a collection of a museum in Japan.
Sidharta also uses unusual media in sculpture, such as rice or currency. He also explored various other fine arts media, such as painting, filter printing, ceramics, and handicrafts.
He has displayed his works at the Seoul Olympic Sculpture Park exhibition, South Korea (1986), the ASEAN Sculpture Park in Manila, Philippines, the sculpture exhibition at Plaza Elgala in Fukuoka, Japan.Sidharta was instrumental in establishing the ITB Sculpture Studio and establishing the Jakarta Art Institute.
During his life, since 1957 Sidharta has held many solo and joint exhibitions, including in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Singapore, Manila, New Delhi, India, Poland, and Norway.Sidharta died at the age of 74 from lung cancer. Gregory Sidharta has received various awards for his works, such as the Best Sculpture Award from the Jakarta Arts Council (1986) and 2nd ASEAN Award for Culture, Communication and Literary Works (1990)