Afdhal experiments with non-traditional combinations of materials – sponge, silicon caulk sealant, paint and electricity cables. Many times he also uses waste materials in his artworks. Living in Yogyakarta with his young family, not far from the ever active volcano Mount Merapi, Afdhal is much concerned with the environment, especially with the relation of human to the nature. It is a delicate balance that easily tips to other side of the scale.

Afdhal makes installations, paintings and sculptures to depict this vulnerability and insignificance of human. He creates figurative sculptures without faces postured as if deep in thought. His larger paintings many times depict large animals in a surreal environment, surrounded by mysterious mathematical objects. There are fine lines leading to celestial bodies or simply spanning across the canvas. The animal figures while undoubtedly are symbols of strength, are set against tiny human figures or manly created objects. One could wonder who is more vulnerable; Nature of Human…

His art gains more recognition not only in Indonesia but also outside the country (Singapore, The Netherlands, Belgium). Afdhal recently also makes small works in wooden frames or plexi glass boxes – again using many artificial materials, as if to stress the artificiality of current human existence.

29 March, 1981 in Dumai, Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia

Indonesian Fine Arts Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Artworks by Afdhal

Artist Bio



Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
First Art Fair, Amsterdam

Art Jakarta, The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Energi Seni Art Exhibition Plaza Jakarta Indonesia
ArtJog – Annual Contemporary Art Event, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“Estreallas” Breeze Art Space, Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia
Menolaksekaligusmerengkuh, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bakaba #6 IndONEnesia, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Deepest Imagination Rain Three BoutiqueVilla and Gallery Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ping Project #3, Studio Yunizar, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“If Time Stopped”, Yogya Art Lab, Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Kecil Itu Indah, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Archaeology Of The Present, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Bakaba #5, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
Ruang Dalam Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art Point, Rachel Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Affordable Art Fair, Gallery Lukisan, Brussels, Belgium

Hantar – Sampai, Nallaroepa Ruang Seni, Yogyakarta

“Instinct”, Fang Gallery Ciputra World Jakarta
BAKABA #3, KINI Sakato Art Community, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta

ArJog Maritim Culture Yogyakarta

BAKABA #2, Sangkring Art Space Yogyakarta
Behind The Surface One East Asia Singapore

“Homo Ludens 2”, Emmitan Gallery, Surabaya
“BACCA”, Bandung Contemporari Art Award, Lawang Wangi, Bandung

Pameran IAA (Indonesian Art Award), Galeri Nasional Jakarta
“Let’s Fly an Arrow”, Tujuh Bintang Art Space, Yogyakarta
“Packaging”, Philo Art Space, Jakarta
BAKABA, Jogja Museum, Yogyakarta

“Jogja Exposign”, JEC, Yogyakarta
“September Ceria”, Jogja Nasional Museum, Yogyakarta
Tujuh Bintang Art Award, Jogja Nasional Museum, Yogyakarta
Pameran Komunitas Nostalgia “Nostalgila”, Tujuh Bintang Art Space, Yogyakarta
“Pesta Gagasan”, Ars Longga, Yogyakarta
“Di Antara Nama & Nama”, Jogja Nasional Museum, Yogyakarta

“Dies Natalis Sanata Dharma”, Pendidikan, Kemanusiaan, Kebangsaan, Yogyakarta
“Famili Life”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
“Inner Space”, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta
“Nostalgia”, Launching Joglo Seni ArtSociates, Yogyakarta
“New Age – New Blending: New Generation Chinese & Indonesian Artists Exhange”, New Age Gallery, Beijing, China
“Kecil Itu Indah”, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta
“Missing Trees”, Ide Global Art Bika, Jakarta
“Kaba Rang Rantau”, Ego Gallery, Jakarta
“Komedi Putar”, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta


Finalist BACCA (Bandung Art Contemporary Art Award)
Finalist Indonesian Art Award

Finalist Tujuh Bintang Award

Finalist Philip Morris Award

Lukis Cat Air Terbaik, ISI Yogyakarta
Gambar Bentuk Terbaik, ISI Yogyakarta

Sketsa Terbaik ISI Yogyakarta

Lukis Car Minyak Terbaik SMSR Padang, Indonesia