Born in Tabanan, Bali in 1971. Putu Sutawijaya studied art at Indonesia Institute of Fine Art (ISI) Yogyakarta. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta. Putu embodies the multi-media, cross-disciplinary character of Indonesian contemporary art, at the same time, a main focus of his work is the human body as both an expressive form and a vessel of the spirit. He believes ‘the body is the medium of suffering, pain, laughter and fear.’ The spontaneous energy of his painting translates naturally into his sculptures.
Above all else, it is the gestural movement of his works that communicate an intense spectrum of spiritual and emotional states, from contemplation to sorrow to the pure exuberance of dance. He is also deeply drawn to sacred sites and often travels to the ancient temples scattered around Java and Bali, where he spends days painting.