ERICA HESTU WAHYUNI
(B. Indonesia, 1971)
The Pigs Around the World, 2013
Signed and dated “Erica 2013” on lower middle
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 110 cm
Private Collection, Indonesia
Comes with a certificate from the artist
AVAILABLE – RM 5,000 – RM 7,000
Erica’s paintings are usually unpretentious expressions of herself and they reflect her experiences and interests. Her art may be childlike, but they are certainly not simplistic. Each work contains interesting narrative qualities, which reveal the worldview of the artist. Erica’s naive, playful renditions have ascertained her reputation as one of the most sought-after contemporary artists in South East Asia.
Art critic, M. Dwi Marianto, observes that Erica tends to deform her subjects by exaggerating their physical characters or traits, to a point that they become like caricatures. She positions them radically or imaginatively on the canvas, defying perspective. Typically, Erica depicts her own experiences in scenes that feature main characters within extremely busy environments. She takes interest in the scenes’ surroundings, painting them with great detail. Erica animates the objects in the surroundings to make them become part and parcel of the subject matter of the work. She uses simple deformed shapes and brilliant primary colors to further enhance the sense of animation, and as a result her paintings appear to be fun
Born in Yogyakarta, Java in 1971. Erica started painting in primary school, joining a children’s drawing club (Sanggar Katamsi), which was taught by Suharto PR and Herry Wibowo – both established painters. Erica is hailed as one of the most promising artists from Indonesia. She studied painting at the prestigious Indonesian Fine Art Institute in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Surikov Institute of Art, Russia.