Popo Iskandar

Popo Iskandar BNW

Popo Iskandar

Born in 1927, Indonesia

He held solo exhibitions in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, The Hague and Leiden (The Netherlands). He participated in numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia, China, UK, India, Japan, United States of America, The Netherlands and Brazil. Popo was also an art critic and essayist on art and literature, and was made a lifetime member of the Jakarta Academy in 1970. He received the Anugerah Seni Art Award from the Indonesian Government in 1980. He passed away in 2000.

In 1943 he studied under the artists Hendra gunawan and Barli Sasmitawinata. Popo was an art student at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB, Bandung Institute of Technology) in West java from 1954 to 1958, and was a lecturer there from 1957 0to 1961. He next taught art education at Institut Keguruan Ilmu Pendidikan (IKIP, Teachers’ Training College) in Bandung from 1961 to 1993. He wrote many art essays and critiques for various Indonesian publications between 1958 and 1995.

The artist was a lifetime member of Akademi Jakarta (Jakarta Academy) since 1970. Popo participated in group exhibitions since 1953 in China, England, India, Japan, Holland and the USA. He also held solo shows since 1958 in Indonesia and Holland. In 1980 he was awarded the Anugerah Seni art award by Indonesia. His life and artistry heve been documented in the books 55 Tahun Seni Lukis Popo Iskandar: A Perspective of His works (2000).

The influences of expressionism, cubism, abstraction and Asian calligraphy had their impact on Popo’s artistic explorations. The themes of his works were representative as a means of reinterpretation, and because he did not feel satisfied as a perfectionist. Since the early 1960s he primarily focused on cats, roosters and tigers in searching for their essence. These works show how he struggled with physical forms as he reduced them to a simplified level, revealing their essential components and inner meaning.


  • Graduated from the Department of Art of the Bandung Institute of Technology/ITB).



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