Based in: Indonesia
Budi Ubrux is an award winning Indonesian Master Artist. Ubrux’s paintings are alarming and haunting, yet aesthetic and alluring. His works are characterized by faceless mummified figures covered in newsprint, illustrating powerful satirical observations on topical social and political degeneration.
He vehemently opposes the ironic role of media in the disenfranchisement of individuals and feels a strong sense of disappointment in the prevalent ideologies. While media was historically supposed to serve as the "the eyes and ears of the people" with ethical integrity, today it has evolved into something the artist describes as "the ulcer of corruption". Exploring how reality is mediated and distorted by media, the artist wraps his subjects in newsprint entirely, referencing the way media wraps around human life. The viewers are intrigued by these figures and their realities that exist beyond the prints covering them.
The newsprints in the artist's works are executed in such intricate detail and texture that many viewers mistake his works for mixed media. While Ubrux is primarily a painter, he also applies this unique technique to statues, installations, and even vehicles.
Ubrux's works have held a special place in the hearts of many art collectors from all over the world. Prior to winning the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award in 2000, Budi Ubrux was a billboard artist and painter based in Switzerland.
2017 INDONESIA, National Gallery of Indonesia, Indonesia
2012 Nggiring sapi neng PWI, Gedung PWI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
• Togetherness, Parco Sculpture Park, Delchianti, Italy
• Beyond the Headlines, iPreciation, Singapore
2019 "If Walls Could Speak", MayianArt Show, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2018 Jogja Contemporary Artist, Art:1, Jakarta, Indonesia
2017 Indonesian Artists: Works in the Gallery, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
2016 Art: 1 Selected Contemporary Art, Art:1, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015 Land Before Our Time: A Vernacular in Southeast Asian Art Making, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
• Membaca Pager Piring: Mengenang Romo Mangun, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
• ARTJOG|14 – Legacies of Power, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
• ARTJOG|13 – Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
• Batang Community Group Exhibition, Batang, Central Java, Indonesia
2012 Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
• Closing the Gap, MIFA Melbourne, Australia
• Maximum City, Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia
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