Lives and Works: Bali
Hansen was born in Toho, Borneo in 1960 and growing up, he was enthralled by the purity and beauty of the environment around him. This was the stimulus that drew young Hansen to become deeply interested in the visual arts, drawing in particular. His interest and affinity for the visual arts remained deeply embedded through to adulthood.
In 1967, Hansen served as an apprentice to a painter, Lim Ngok Chung, who instilled in the boy’s young mind a solid foundation that later became essential to his artistic development. In 1980, he studied mechanical design in Taipei, Taiwan. Simultaneously, he seized this opportunity to study abroad as a vehicle to further develop his artistic talent. Soon after graduating from college in 1984, he worked for an American yacht manufacturing company as a designer and technical drawing specialist. During this time, Hansen took a yacht design specialization study at Westlawn School of Yacht Design in Connecticut. While continuing the cultivation of his artistic talent in the United States, Hansen was directly influenced by a well- known architect and painter, Ms. Georgian. Under her guidance, he developed his own sense of style marked by an original and distinctive play of strokes that are characteristically simple and spontaneous. While refining his painting skills abroad, on the professional side, Hansen created numerous spectacular designs in the boating industry. He returned to Indonesia in 1990 and resided in West Java for 13 years before moving to Ubud, Bali in 2003 where he remains to this day.
Hansen’s works overflow with reflections of life in its myriad manifestations - reflections that are both subtle and philosophical. As a result, the artist developed a unique style that is a mixture of semi abstract and minimalist art, a blend of contemporary art wholly his own.
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