Born on 11 May 1963 at Sangeh, Bali, Mangu Putra finished his education in Visual Communication Design in the faculty of Fine Arts and Design at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta (ISI) in 1990. Being a designer did not satisfy him as an artist, then he decided to engage in full time painting in 1998. Since his first solo exhibition in 1990 in Ubud, his name was considered as one of the most celebrated painter in Indonesia.
His works arise from intense contact with the world as a conscious expression of his main creative orientation. Representations of natural phenomena, along with the inner pulse of life, form the main stream of his search. The natural world, such as mountains and coasts, are depicted as identifiable objects. Some of his works with abstract designs imply natural images, such as the character of water and the texture and colors of earth or stone.
Mangu won several awards for the best work in Visual Communication Design in 1988 and 1990 at ISI Jogjakarta, and selected as one of the top ten winners of the Philip Morris awards in 1994.