Born 1972 in Sukawati, Bali. Made Mahendra Mangku is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI), Yogyakarta. He has had solo exhibitions in Yogyakarta and Bali, and has participated in group shows in Germany and throughout Indonesia since 1992.





acrylic on canvas
50 x 35 cm



Made Mahendra Mangku is a graduate of the Institute of Indonesian Art (ISI), Yogyakarta. In 1998 after graduating from ISI, he returned to his home village, Sukawati, with his Javanese wife and young son. The appeal of his semi-abstract works lies in the use of soft shadings of colour which convey an atmosphere of meditative unreality. His preferred colours are light mauve and bluish purple. From one shade to another, he slowly transforms a colour into its opposite, creating his own particular brand of symbolism. A spiritual atmosphere rich in nuances of colour and sensitivity pervades most of his other paintings, which walk a fine line between abstraction and symbolist figuration, though there is increasingly less of the latter.
Mahendra Mangku is a painter who enjoys confronting and exploring colour, using its hues and tones as a means to express the state of his soul. Even though he still uses symbols, he does so in a delicate and extremely personal way, expressing his inner self through the magic of colour.

'The Reality of Balance', Lembaga Indonesia Perancis, Yogyakarta (2001); Arisma Gallery, Ubud, Bali (2000)

2001: 'Dua sama Sisi: I Made Mahendra Mangku & I Made Galung Wiratmaja', galeri sembilan, Ubud; 'New Balinese Abstraction: Made Mahendra Mangku & Ketut Susena', Galeri 678, Jakarta; 'Contemporary Balinese Art', Bentara Budaya, Jakarta
2000: 'Kecil itu Indah', Paros Gallery, Sukawati, Bali; 'Aspects of a Mountain', Museum Sidik Jari, Denpasar
1999: Museum Für Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany; 'Contemporary Indonesian Painting', Komaneka Fine Art, Ubud, Bali; 'Seven Balinese Artists, TIM Jakarta; 'Five Artists', Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong; Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) Millenium Arts Exhibition' at six museums in Bali
1998: Sanggar Dewata Group exhibition, Yogyakarta; Genta Budaya ‘98, Museum Rudana, Ubud, Bali; Indonesian Art Awards Exhibition, Jakarta; Duta Fine Art Foundation, Jakarta; 'Two Artists', Sika Gallery, Ubud, Bali; Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya
1997: 'Group of Eleven - Sanggar Dewata Indonesia' Sika Gallery, Ubud, Bali; Dies Natalis ISI Yogyakarta; Indonesian Art Awards Exhibition in Jakarta and Bali; Sanggar Dewata Group exhibition, Taman Budaya, Surakarta
1996: Sanggar Dewata Group exhibition, Sika Gallery, Ubud; FKY VII, Yogyakarta; Indonesian Art Awards Exhibition, Jakarta
1995: Sanggar Dewata Group exhibition, Museum Seni Lukis Klasik Indonesia, Klungkung, Bali; 'Legenda ‘92', Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta; Sanggar Dewata Group exhibition, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta
1992-1994: participation in group exhibitions in Bali and Yogyakarta
1992: Award for Best Sketch and Best Artwork, FSR, ISI Yogyakarta
1996, 1997 and 1998 Finalist, Indonesian Art Awards Competition
1997 Award for Best Painting, DIES Natalis, ISI Yogyakarta