b. 1978, Batubulan, Indonesia
Balinese artist, Dodit Artawan is known for his hyperrealist oil paintings.
Dodit’s works reflect the dynamics of mass tourism in his hometown, mainly how Western consumerism has influenced the local traditions of his hometown. Dodit portrays Barbie and her friends in their impossibly perfect figures and flawless complexions against the glistening glass towers of gin, vodkas and whiskeys to convey the glamour and hedonism that is so intoxicating. And to some extent, his works also embed an aspect of his personal lifestyle on the island. “I am appropriating the lifestyle of consumerism that is so unavoidable… (and yet) celebrated by the individual who becomes part of it…”
Born and based in Bali, Dodit Artawan studied fine art at the Indonesian Art Institute Denpasar Bali and started his career in 2011, breaking away from traditional Balinese art in order to seek new expressions for contemporary art in Bali. Dodit has widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Italy and the USA. Dodit won the Bronze Award at the IWS Malaysia 1st International Watercolour Biennale (KL) in 2018.