Eko Nugroho is an Indonesian artist with a distinct urban heritage and appeal. Eko tries to challenge his audience to think about Indonesia’s many social and political issues and relies on a variety of different mediums – painting, sculpture, animation, video, puppets – to visualise these issues, often using humour and ambiguity to get his ideas across. Since he first exhibited in 2002 at Yogyakarta’s Cemeti Art House in 2002, Eko’s work has been exhibited all over the world. Eko hails from Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s most important artistic and cultural centre.
“Simple, I feel alive in my work.”
Can you tell us a little about your work process and method?
I always start with my litlle drawing book to create sketch. Then I am continue with many different mediums, painting on canvases, embroidery, animation, sculpture, batik (wax painting), mural and shadow puppet projects. I try to work out my idea in different mediums – that keeps me dynamic.
What is a typical day like for you? How do you organise your days?
I am morning person, I wake up at 06.30 and work amost continuously in my studio during daylight.
Do you enjoy your work? Why? What exactly makes it all worth it?
Simple, I feel alive in my work.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Daily life in society. I live in a district of Yogyakarta, a city in Indonesia that is renowned for its art and culture. It gives me energy and inspiration about society, politics and the many issues that matter here such as poverty, social injustice and corruption.
Do you have one tip for other aspirant creatives/entrepreneurs?
Keep focused and love your work.