Lives and Works: Jakarta
Febry Swandito is a self-taught painter who initially delved into realist styles but serendipitously found his way to becoming an abstract painter. During a difficult time in his life, he translated his frustration on to the canvas where he released all his energy and aggravation. Satisfied and shocked with the outcome, from then on he tried to unlock the mysteries of the subconscious mind by studying books about philosophy and the inner self, as well as taking to intellectuals, priests and monks. He realized that as he tried to dig deeper, his inner search became more intriguing and elusive.
Febry states that “abstract is abstract, where paintings have their own lives”. As there is no beginning or end, each creation is born as an expression from a journey to the inner self. He believes that when facing life’s daily problems, in simple occurrences we can find meaning and virtue.
His humble upbringings and basic primary education have not deterred Swandito from being creative or productive. On the contrary, he has found success: his paintings grace many hotel lobbies, corridors and collector’s homes. His latest creation is an impressive 40-meter long painting commissioned for the Gandaria Apartment Project in Jakarta. In this piece, the intense brushstrokes convey a colourful abstract landscape that reveals unexpected outbursts of emotion.