b.1930 Artist CV
Fadjar Sidik, born in 1930, in Surabaya, Indonesia. He joined the social realist group Sanggar Pelukis Rakyat (The People’s Painters Studio) under the tutelage of Hendra Gunawan and Sudarso in 1947, studied Literature at the Gadjah Mada University in 1952, and studied Painting at Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta in 1954. Distinct from his artistic peers’ pursuit in realist paintings, Fadjar Sidik committed to the creative innovation of abstracted forms and compositions, which cemented his irreplaceable contribution to the development of modern abstract art in Indonesia. By using geometric imagery of natural elements, his compositions explore the universal relationship that exists between the trinity of nature, space, and human, while reflecting the regional characteristics and spiritual consciousness of Indonesian culture. Fadjar Sidik’s important solo exhibitions include the Tokoh Abstrak Indonesia (Indonesian Abstract Figure), One Gallery, Jakarta, in 2000. His works are collected by institutions, such as the National Gallery Indonesia, the Neka Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, and the OHD Museum.