Ivan Sagita Studio – Ivan Sagita
Jl. Bener 61, Tegalrejo, Yogyakarta
In 1989 Studio Ivan Sagita was built as a family dwelling, styled after traditional East Javanese coastal homes. Over time, additional spaces were added by Sagita and utilized as work and storage areas to accommodate his studio practice. Sagita works on sketches, drawings and paintings as well as his resin and metal cast sculptures that depict the artist's pre-occupation with themes surrounding the fragility of life, mortality and spiritualism. The studio is located in the northwest region of Yogyakarta.
Ivan Sagita (1957, Malang, Indonesia) studied at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta from 1979-1985. He has been a dedicated observer of the human body, either exploring his own form or social bodies in his work. Sagita closely observes varied symptoms around him through serious scrutiny of objects, from banana leaves to jarik (the Javanese word for traditional cloth used as a multifunctional shawl) as well as human hair and hands. Sagita's subjects are frequently the traditional Javanese people whose life struggles he observes in Yogyakarta. He strives to depict the uncertainties of everyday life, especially the impact on those who are powerless in the face of poverty and injustice. He won the silver medal at the 1996 Osaka Trienale as well as the 1998 Mainichi Broadcasting System Prize at the Osaka Sculpture Triennale and has participated in many national and international exhibitions. Sagita lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.