Agung Kurniawan   
Pope & Mehmet, 2011, Welded steel & Paint

Agung Kurniawan Born 1968 in Jember, Java, Indonesia. Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Agung Kurniawan has developed his artistic work within the field of concrete socio-cultural activism. He believes that the role of an artist is more than simply producing work, and that there are larger social responsibilities to be met. Both as a studio artist and an art activist, he takes up clear positions and his approach often leads him either down to street level or to intervening in bureau- cratic structures.

Kurniawan’s work is reputed to be fairly “coarse” due to themes of violence, politics and taboo subjects. The artist started out with book illustrations, drawings and comics, which offered a harsh, often satirical critique of Indonesian society at that time.