As a child of Bali, Kencut understands deeply the richness and magic of the indigineous culture of his land. Art has been a part of his life since he was in vocational high school, and since then it has served as the foundation for his painting practice. Following that, he continued his education in art at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Art Institute. Conceived as a rediscovery of the island culture, his artistic creation comes from the interconnections of history, tradition, and religion.
Based on his understanding of Indonesian local culture, Kencut has further expanded his art beyond the limit of the island's traditions and started to broaden and to include more diverse perspectives of the world beyond. The tunnel vision in his painting, the button-eyed creatures all came out of this combination. His current artistic technique is also closely tied to the accumulation of experiences embedded within his subconscious since childhood, and it reflects his past experience in a culminative way. The central character as the stuffed dolls with whimsical patterns and buttons for the eyes was inspired by a chance conversation between him and Ary Indra, a well-known Indonesian architect.
Kencut has previously held three solo exhibitions: “Repeat” in 2020 and “It isn’t a Whole” and “Kaum Mata Kancing” in 2019. His works have also been seen at a wide range of group exhibitions around Asia.
"Hero Boys Series - Break" Suanjaya Kencut. 2022. Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 60 cm
"In Frame Series - Together" Acrylic on Canvas 2022 Acrylic on Canvas 105cm x 185cm
"In Frame Series - Look Carefully" Acrylic on Canvas 2022 Acrylic on Canvas 130cm x 100cm
"In Frame Series - Tell a Story" Acrylic on Canvas 2022 Acrylic on Canvas 130cm x 100cm
In Frame Series - Help" Acrylic on Canvas 2022 Acrylic on Canvas 145cm x 100cm
"Hero Boys Series - Lazy Pose" Suanjaya Kencut. 2022. Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 60 cm