Yoga Mahendra

The works by Yoga Mahendra show the influence and the artist’s affinity with hardrock, comic strips and science-fiction.

Mahendra makes bizarre and richly imaginative paintings with grotesque figures built by other smaller figures or objects. The clusters of the figures are similar to pareidolia in the paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, combined with Piranesian absurd and hellish world.

Come closer and one will soon find out. The main subject of the painting then appears to be a compound of roads, houses, ladders and bizarre objects. Street lanterns jutting out through the anatomy of the bodies. Eyes appear to be inlets of jet engines and some of the ribs are actually stairs leading to another room filled with bizarre objects. The roads are scattered with automotive machines, and little figures can be seen clinging and climbing the ladders. The houses are filled with struggling, laughing, drunken, happy and mad figures, playing music of enjoying themselves..

The particularly special artwork titled “I Stay”, inspired by his mentor Ojite Budi Sutarno, consists of different shaped, painted panels. The hybrid artwork which keeps between sculpture and painting, resembles Garuda, the state symbol of the Republic Indonesia. Garuda is a mythological figure found in Hindu and Buddhism legends and essentially seen as a protector with power and is shown either in the form of a giant bird with (partially) open wings, or a mix of form of bird with some human features. The Indonesian national airline is also called after it.

Yoga Mahendra some exhibitions and events in but also outside Indonesia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. Currently active in a local artists group in Malang called Portal.

4 February, 1982 in Malang, Jawa Timur (East Java), Indonesia

Desain Komunikasi Visual – Universitas Negeri Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Artworks by Yoga Mahendra

Artist Bio

Solo Exhibition

“Wonder Friend”, Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta Art District, Indonesia.

Group Exhibition

Mini Art Malang Beyond The Lines, Malang Art Council, Indonesia
Hopes & Dialogues in Rumah Kijang Mizuma, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

Art Jakarta, Mizuma Gallery, The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
Mini Art Malang Exploring, Malang Art Council, Indonesia
TRA! Artificial Home, Panji Museum, Indonesia
KunstRAI, Gallery Lukisan, Amsterdam

Singapore Contemporary Art Show, with Puri Art Gallery Mandiri Charity, Jakarta
Art Stage Jakarta with Mizuma Gallery Bazaar Art Jakarta with Puri Art Gallery
How It Feels” Mizuma Gallery Singapore.
Art Taipei with Puri Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

Art Expo Malaysia by Puri Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Collective Young, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

ARTSTAGE, Mizuma Gallery, Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2013 VERSUS, Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo-Singapore

Bazaar Art Jakarta, with Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Money Culture, Garis ArtSpace, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bazaar Art Jakarta, with Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
We Are Now Open, Garis ArtSpace, Jakarta, Indonesia

Group Exhibition “Javan Whimsy”, Utterly Art, Singapore
Art Expo Malaysia with Puri Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia KIAF 2010 with Puri Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Bazaar Art Jakarta with Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia MAGAININ”, Jakarta Art District, Indonesia

Art Expo Malaysia with Puri Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Bazaar Art Jakarta, with Puri Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Art Exhibition “Tontonan” di Perpustakaan Umum Kota Malang, Indonesia

“Ilustrasi Sebelum Tidur”, Perpustakaan Umum Kota Malang, Indonesia Djarum Black Urban Art, Surabaya-Yogyakarta-Bandung-Jakarta


1st Prize Djarum Black Urban Art 2006 2nd Prize Malang Mural Festival

2nd Prize Malang Mural Festival