Piece #12017, 250 × 180 cm (This work was donated to the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in 2023)
Wedhar Riyadi born 1980 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Wedhar Riyadi has been very active in recent years, participating in a wide variety of exhibitions, projects, and residencies. Riyadi is part of the generation that came to maturity during the period of upheaval and reform that occurred in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the subsequent fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy in Indonesia. In his art, he explores the psychological depths of pop cultural imagery, creating strange, rather macabre fantasy worlds populated by figures that are at once playful and disturbing. Riyadi is a master of line drawing, and his works show a powerful inspiration from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics.

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