I Ketut Budiana

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Full Name
I Ketut Budiana
Pen Name
Photograph by
Louis Nagelkerke
Link to Photograph


In English

Born into a family of master artisans in the village of Padang Tegal, Ubud in 1950 Budiana is highly skilled as a sculptor and architect, and specializes in making scared temple images, ceremonial masks and sarcophagus for ritual cremations. A former art teacher, he studied art at SSRI, the Indonesian School of Art in Denpasar and briefly with renowned Dutch painter and architect Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978). Budiana began painting in the early 70’s and exhibiting from 1974 and has shown his work in many foreign countries while he has won a string of local and international awards. He has been active as a curator at Ubud’s Museum Puri Lukisan from 1986 – 1990 while serving in 1990 as a curator at ARMA museum, and has contributed numerous articles and essays to various publications. Budiana has regularly exhibited at Bentara Budaya Bali while also exhibiting at Bentara Budaya Jakarta and Yogyakarta.

In Balinese

In Indonesian

Examples of work

Art Therapy with Ketut Budiana
I Ketut Budiana’s code of life is - Swadharma

To do Swadharma(duties) means to do it without expecting anything in return, because the return will come by itself following the karma. To do, to work, and to search for something is a noble and valuable life. Never waste your life."

from Usada Bali