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Agung Kurniawan (Java, Indonesia, 1968) is a Yogyakarta-based illustrator whose original artwork strings together to form an overlaying web of violence. Believing that an artist's responsibilities include addressing social questions, his pictures are coarse with political violence and taboo discussions. Kurniawan's drawings earned international recognition after he received the Phillip Morris Art Award (1996). His work continues to critique swells of political issues as they arise.
“"My main theme is violence." ”
Selected solo exhibitions of Kurniawan are “A Solo Exhibition of Agung Kurniawan”, at Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore, Singapore (2013), “Actus Contritionis”, at Umahseni, Menteng ArtSpace, Jakarta, Indonesia (2012) and “The Lines That Remind Me Of You”, Kendra Gallery, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (2011). Group exhibitions include “Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore’s Highlights from South-East Asia”, at ARNDT, Singapore (2017), “Sip! Indonesian Art Today”, at ARNDT Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2013), “Penumbrae”, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore (2012), ”Flow – Indonesian Contemporary Art”, Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2012) and “Trans-Figurations – Indonesian Mythologies”, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2011).
Selected awards include fifth prize at the Phillip Morris 1996 ASEAN Art Awards.