Born Karangasem, Bali, November 1962
Education: SMA; self-taught as an artist

Artist's Statement
"The philosophy behind Balinese culture dominates my work.
I feel blessed to be a Balinese, to live in such an artistic environment
with its many layers and levels."

About the Artist

It should come as no surprise that a number of Balinese artists from a culture heavily influenced by dreams and the supernatural, have submerged themselves in the style of Surrealism, a state of mind transcending the European art movement of that name which began in Paris in the 1920s. The most powerful source of Surrealist inspiration has always been dreams and the subconscious.

Wayan Redika was born in Karangasem, Bali in November 1962. He is a self-taught painter who from an early age has been interested in understanding the visual arts. In Redika's eyes, art is an expression of the artist's soul and spirit in a visual form that can be seen and enjoyed by many.

His canvasses are mindscapes inhabited by wondrous beings and objects. Many of these are easily recognised - the elephant-headed god Ganesha, a Legong dancer, bronze gongs, or a hero from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. Others are mysteriously transformed, sometimes full of the ominous leering faces of demons. Ancient ruins indicate the past, palm leaf manuscripts indicate the knowledge contained in Balinese literature. Strange luminous spots and the suggestion of eruptions and disintegrating buildings expose layers of thought and dreams. All are juxtaposed in a naturalistic style.

In July 2000, Redika had a solo exhibition at the Ganesha Gallery, Jimbaran. In 1999, he participated in two exhibitions at the Ganesha Gallery, Jimbaran, and in the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia "Millennium Art Exhibition" held at six museums in Bali. Since 1990 he has participated in exhibitions at the Art Centre, Denpasar; Museum Bali, Denpasar; Matahari Beach Resort, Bali; and the Hilton International Hotel, Surabaya.

Solo Exhibitions

2000 Ganesha Gallery, Jimbaran, Bali

Group Exhibitions
Tiga Generasi, Satrya Art Gallery, Denpasar
Komunitas Seni Rupa Lempuyang, Art Centre, Denpasar
Modern Magic: Post-War Balinese Modernists, Art Forum, Singapore
Seni Rupa Bali Kontemporer, Bentara Budaya, Jakarta
Kebyar Jogja-Bali, Suardhana Gallery, Denpasar
Melampaui Rupa, Jezz Gallery, Denpasar
Human Spirit, Rudana Museum, Ubud, Bali
Small 2, Pranoto's Gallery, Ubud, Bali
Mini itu Indah, Paros Gallery, Sukawati, Bali
Bali Surrealism (two artists), Ganesha Gallery, Jimbaran, Bali
Three Artists, Ganesha Gallery, Jimbaran, Bali
Sanggar Dewata Indonesia Millenium Art Exhibition at 6 museums in Bali
Kelompok Lempuyang, Hilton Hotel, Surabaya
Kelompok Lempuyang, Puri Agung & Studio Lempuyang, Amlapura, Bali
Kelompok Lempuyang, Hotel Puri Bagus, Candi Dasa, Bali
Matahari Resort, Singaraja, Bali
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Museum Bali, Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Puri Agung Karangasem
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar
Hotel Puri Bagus, Candi Dasa, Bali
Museum Bali, Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival, Art Centre, Denpasar

'Karangasem boys' invigorate Bali painting scene
THE JAKARTA POST | July 29, 2006