The Vast Art of Ketut Budiana
Ketut Budiana & Jean Couteau
Maestro Ketut Budiana is a world recognized artist of sculpture, painting, carving and mask creation. Our Usada Forum event will explore the many features, in Bali and abroad, of his Illustrious career. Ketut will be joined in conversation by Jean Couteau, a renowned art historian of Indonesia who has lived in Bali over 40 years. A visual backdrop of Pak Budiana’s signature art pieces shall be presented in a slide show. We are looking forward to a lively discussion between two knowledgeable, agile and creative minds!
About Ketut Budiana Born in Padang Tegal, Ubud, Bali (1950), he comes from a family of highly skilled traditional artisans who make sculptures, temple drawings, sacred masks and artifacts. As a child he became an assistant to his grandfather, I Made Kari, who worked in undagi (traditional architecture).
In addition to formal art education, Budiana also studied painting with the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet, who lived in Ubud, as well as Ida Bagus Made, Kobot, Sobrat, and Turas. His work with leading painters led him to integrate academic western painting with traditional Balinese techniques.
He has held several exhibitions in Japan and the USA, in Singapore and of course in Indonesia. His paintings are found, among others, in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, the Museum of Ethnology in Berlin, The Fukuoka Art Museum and in several art museums in Ubud.
About Jean Couteau Jean Couteau is a writer, historian and columnist specialized in Indonesian culture, art, myths and history, receiving a doctoral degree for his thesis of art history and iconographic art of Bali in 1986. He has authored several important books on Bali and is a contributor to NOW! Bali magazine and Kompas newspaper.