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Abdullah, R. Basuki or Basoeki  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born 1915, in Surakarta (Java); died 1992.

Painter, pastellist. Figures, nudes, portraits, scenes with figures, genre scenes, landscapes.

The son of Abdullah Soerjosoebroto, also a painter, Basuki Abdullah studied at the fine arts academy in The Hague. He travelled to Paris and Rome, and his work has been exhibited in Bangkok, Malaya, Japan, the Netherlands, England and Portugal. He is known as a portrait painter, particularly for his paintings of beautiful Indonesian women, but also painted rural flora and fauna, landscapes and court scenes....


Abdullah, Soedjono  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born 1911; died 1991.

Painter. Figures, landscapes.

Abdullah Soedjono made a name for himself as a painter of Indonesian landscapes.

Amsterdam, 21 April 1993: Indonesian Land­scape with the Volcano Merapi (1975, oil on canvas, 38¾ × 88½ ins/98.5 × 225 cm) ...


Abueva, Napoleon Veloso  

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Bohol, Philippines.

Sculptor. Figures, historical subjects, religious subjects, allegory, myths.

Napoleon Veloso Abueva graduated in 1953 from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (UPCFA), where he was mentored by the first National Artist for Sculpture, Guillermo Tolentino. He received another scholarship from the Fulbright/Smith–Mundt Foundation and in 1955 finished his master’s degree at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan. He also studied at the University of Kansas and Harvard University. Regarded as pioneer of Philippine modern sculpture, Abueva also works in the figurative style and uses a variety of material, such as local hardwood, metal, marble, adobe, and cement. Among his early innovations are his ‘buoyant sculptures’, which he introduced in 1951. Many of his works are at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, including the Crucifix of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice (1957...


Affandi, Kusuma  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born 1907, in Cirebon (Java); died 1990.

Painter. Figures, scenes with figures, nudes.

Affandi worked at the Seni Rupa Academy in Yogyakarta. He founded the Association of Artists’ Communities in 1946 and the Association of Artists of the People in 1947...



Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born c. 1907; died 23 May 1990, in Java.

Painter. Landscapes, local scenes.

In his early works Affrandi depicted Indonesian landscapes; later he turned to scenes from daily life including markets, fighting cocks and fishing. His picturesque compositions are full of life and extremely colourful. Affrandi’s pictures have been exhibited in Paris on several occasions....


Aguilar-Alcuaz, Federico  

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active in Europe.

Born 1932, in Manila.

Painter. Designs for tapestries.

Aguilar-Alcuaz initially studied law in Madrid before turning to studying painting at the San Fernando Academy in Madrid in 1954.

His oil paintings are clearly in the neo-expressionistic vein current in the 1970s. His tapestries are resolutely abstract, occasionally close to abstract expressionism: bold colours and curling, swirling black shapes, sometimes reminiscent of Miró. Aguilar-Alcuaz himself does not claim that his work is exotic in any way; on the contrary, he maintains that it draws on the European/international tradition....


Alibasyah, Abas  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.


Abas Alibasyah was a student at the fine arts academy in Yogyakarta where he trained with Hendra and Trubus. He developed a decorative style which he employed in abstract compositions.

Stöter-Bender, Jutta: L’Art contemporain dans les pays du “tiers-monde”, L’Harmattan, Paris, 1995....


Anas, Biranul  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.


Anas is a member of the Decenta studio/gallery, which was founded by Pirous. Decenta contributed to the development of modern art in Indonesia, finding space for artists in various studios and organizing exhibitions. Anas draws on cloth.

Stöter-Bender, Jutta: L’Art contemporain dans les pays du “tiers-monde”...


Ang, Kiukok  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born 1931, in Davao, Philippines.

Painter, watercolourist. Figures, still-lifes, animals.

Kiukok Ang studied at the Santo Tomaso University under the Filipino masters Vitoria Edades, Galo Ocampon, Lorenzo Diosdao and especially Cinvente Manansala, who remained Ang’s friend. His favourite subjects are the human figure, still-lifes, the Crucifixion and mad dogs, always depicted from dramatic angles in vivid colours, with the artist never missing an opportunity to stir the viewer’s emotions. Ang is considered the leading figure in Filipino expressionism....


Apin, Mochtar  

Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Painter. Scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes.

Mochtar Apin was a pupil at the Seni Rupa Fine Arts School in Bandung, Java, which was set up in 1950. Trained by the Dutch painter Ries Mulder, he became a teacher himself at that school ...


Aruego, José  

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 9 August 1932, in Manila, Philippines.


Having graduated in law from the University of the Philippines, José Aruego decided to devote himself to illustration. In the 1950s he settled in New York, where he took courses at the Parsons School of Design. His first children’s book ...


Bich Hai  

Vietnamese, 20th century, female.

Active in France from 1968.

Painter, sculptor, draughtswoman, pastellist. Figure compositions, figures.

Bich Hai was born in the Chinese-Vietnamese border region and spent time in refugee camps during the Vietnam wars. Later she settled in Saigon (now Ho Chi Mihn City) with her family and studied at the local school of fine arts, producing drawings and pastels of trees and flowers in an oriental manner. In ...


Bose, Santiago  

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1945, in Baguio City, Philippines; died 2002, in Baguio City.

Painter, installation artist, performance artist. Indigenous folk art, socio-political themes, multiculturalism.

Baguio Arts Guild.

Santiago Bose studied at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1972 and took up further studies at the West 17th Print Workshop in New York City from 1980 to 1981. He is known for his mixed-media paintings, assemblages, and installations that use varied local materials such as bamboo, ash and debris, and hand-woven textiles. He also did performances and portrayed himself as a cultural drifter and provocateur. Often combining traditional animist symbols with post-colonial imagery, his work focused on the effects of colonialism on the Philippine psyche and identity.

From the 1980s, Bose participated in numerous international exhibitions, artist residencies, and conferences. He lived in the United States for several years and spent considerable time in Australia, where he had a long artistic collaboration and personal relationship with the artist Pat Hoffie. Returning to Baguio City in ...


Buabusaya, Chitr Prakit  

Thai, 20th century, male.

Active also active in Japan.

Born 1911, in Bangkok.

Painter. Landscapes.

Chitr Prakit Buabusaya trained in 1941 at the fine arts academy in Tokyo, where he mastered the impressionist technique. Many of his major works were destroyed in the bombing of Tokyo and the artist was only able to save works of small dimensions. He was the first Thai artist to work in a purely French impressionist style....


Bui Ngoc Tu  

Vietnamese, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Nam Dinh.

Painter, watercolourist. Figures, nudes, scenes with figures.

After training at the school of fine arts in Hanoi in 1969, Bui Ngoc Tu painted folkloric themes in a Western style, as in Tradition and Ritual. His work is regularly exhibited at national and international exhibitions in Switzerland, Sweden, India, Poland, China and France. Winner of the national competition in ...


Buyong, Dzulkifki  

Indonesian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948.

Painter, pastellist. Figures, portraits, genre scenes.

A very precocious artist, Dzulkifki Buyong was discovered and trained by Patrick Ng Kah Onn, and was a member of the Wednesday Art Group , an association of avant-garde artists in the 1960s....


Cabrera, Benedicto (Bencab)  

Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1942, in Malabon, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, printmaker, illustrator. Figures, portraits.

Baguio Arts Guild.

Bencab started drawing at the age of seven and was influenced by his older brother Salvador, an artist. He later studied at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and worked for several publications as an illustrator and layout artist. In ...


Chabet, Roberto  

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1937, in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines; died 13 April 2013.

Painter, conceptual artist.

Roberto Chabet studied architecture at the University of Santo Tomas and graduated in 1961, the year he held his first solo exhibition, at the Luz Gallery. He achieved early critical success when he won first prize for his painting ...


Chen, Kezhan  

Indonesian, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1959.

Painter. Flowers.

Chen Kezhan, an artist from either Indonesia or Singapore, trained in traditional painting and calligraphy with Fan Chang Tien, Chao Shao-an, and Fung Kang-ho. In Paris he studied art and music. His work is inspired by Expressionism and the Abstract painting of modern Chinese masters such as Zhang Daquian, Shi Lu, and Lu Shokun. Chen Kezhan is particularly noted for his nature-inspired work with Chinese ink. He has held over a dozen solo exhibitions in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, USA, and Europe. He was awarded a silver medal at the Salon des Artistes Français (...


Chia, Yu Chian  

Malayan, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Malaya; died 1991.

Painter. Genre scenes.

A private pupil of the Singaporean painter and founder of the Nanyang Academy, Chen Wen Hsi, Yu Chian Chia was the first Indonesian student to receive, in 1959, a grant from the French state to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was very active during his time in France, taking part in numerous exhibitions and as a committee member for the Société des Artistes de Montmartre. Back in Malaya, he lived in the Chinese quarter of Kuala Lumpur, which was one of his main sources of inspiration....