Wayan Novi

Wayan Novi

Born 1989
Hometown Angseri (Bali)

Lives and works Yogyakarta, Indonesia

About the artist
Jogja based artist Wayan Novi has developed a distinctive personal vision of the importance of everyday objects and their beauty in the simple village life he grew up in. Novi’s paintings depict vivid memories of himself – growing up in the mountainous Angseri village in Bali with its pivotally cold weather, and the kitchen. The best place for his family members and friends to hang out was always near the warmth of the fireplace; in the kitchen. His intricate pictures reveal the details his eye captures in and around this living space, and through this visual depiction, narrates a series of stories around family, bonds and relationships. Novi’s dedicated mark making solely with a pen on a large canvas forms an impressionable yet neutral landscape for everyday objects to find their place. At times, an abstract plethora of teapots, light petromaks, sickles and hoes hover around one another like a close knitted community, their shadows pressing lightly on the surface, yet with determination to protect their territory. At other moments, a solitary kettle demands your attention to the center of the picture; the protagonist raising a speech to the gatherers by the fireplace. Standing in front of the picture, you can feel the village warmth Novi is attempting to convey.

If you stand at a short distance from the picture, you might be promptly reminded of a giant patchwork clothing or quilt you once encountered in your grandmother’s home. Loosely associated with the Balinese style, the organic placement of coloured patches interspersed with hand-sewn thread-like qualities of Novi’s marks are sometimes careful, yet also spontaneous and surprising to find; a longer line dangling from the top left of the picture, a couple more positioned purposefully at the golden section, teasing the viewer to search a bit harder for the next bend in the maze.

Having lived amongst farmers since young, Novi has witnessed simple objects achieve their functions and beyond. These everyday objects enable the villagers to carry out their daily activities and fulfill daily needs, and the success of this enduring relationship has allowed the community to progress in society, however manual and laborious, into one of cultural significance. The drawings of Vincent Van Gogh come to mind; Harvest in Provence (1888), Fishing boats at sea (1888), Wheatfield with Cypresses (1889) etc. all exhibit a reflection of everyday toil with expressive marks of movement and suggestion of dramatic narratives that are unseen by the landscapes. 

Novi has transformed the plain honesty of his objects into vivid memories and a body for human feelings, which he utilises at best, into large pictures that anyone can dive into, to experience the environment that is inseparable from the individual

Group show at Art Stage Singapore 2017
Group show at Art Stage Jakarta 2016
Group show at Affordable Art Fair 2016
“Adu domba #2” at Sangkring art project Yogyakarta
“Mo Indie Bali” at Indie Art HouseYogyakarta

“Ada Budi di Dalam Dirimu” colaboration with Robert Khan at lawas cafe Yogyakarta
“Personalitas Dalam komunitas”, at Bentara Budaya Bali

“Taksu Sketsa SDI” Exhibition with Sanggar Dewata Indonesia, UPT Galery ISI Yogyakarta
“Salam Nusantara” at Balai Budaya Melayu Yogyakarta

“Suka Pari Suka” at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta
“Exhibition with hitam manis grup at Sangkring Art Project Yogyakarta
“Vibrant Vision Of Lempad” at Sangkring Art Space

“Festival Salihara” with Hitam manis at Salihara, Jakarta
“Secangkir Kopi” with palang group at Sangkring Art Project
“GOENAWAN 70 th” with Hitam Manis at Semarang galery
“Solo exhibition” sanggar dewata Indonesia di galeri isi Surakarta – “motoring art” with Hitam Manis at gallery nasional 

“Intuisi” inaguration exhibition isi at Jogja Nasional Museum
“JOGJA ART SHARE” at Jogja Nasional Museum – “D’TEXT” at UPT Galeri ISI Yogyakarta
”Majapahit Dalam Seni Rupa” museum Trowulan , Jawa Timur -“Tales From The Street”Griya Santrian, Bali

Exhibition with Hitam Manis,Art Mall,Bazzar Art Jakarta,
Exhibition with Hitam Manis Kompetisi ICC Pandaan,Surabaya – Exhibition with Hitam Manis FKY XXII,Benteng
“Gempar” Drawing Lovers # 2 at UPT galery ISI Yogyakarta
Exhibition with DAKSINA group at Sudana ubud galery Bali
“RAI GEDHEK” with Hitam Manis at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Orasis Surabaya, Malang
Arcive Library
”Jogja Jamming”Biennale x with Hitam Manis, Yogyakarta “ PETRUK NAGIH JANJI” at Bentara BudayaYogyakarta –
Exhibition BAZAAR ART JAKARTA, with Hitam Manis at Pacific Place Jakarta

“SHERING “ at Sanggar Dewata Indonesia office, Yogyakarta
Sketch Exhbition at Katamsi alley ISI Yogyakarta

Water Colour Exhibition at Katamsi alley ISI Yogyakarta

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