Iabadiou Piko ( Piko Sugianto ) was born in 1984 in Prabumulih, South Sumatera, Indonesia. He graduated in 2005 from Academic Design of Vision Yogyakarta Department ( ADVY ), Major in Diploma of Art Photography Design. He Self taught learning in painting. Heis now live and work in Yogyakarta. He had participated in selected group exhibition in Yogyakarta, Semarang, Solo, Padang, Jakarta and Surabaya Indonesia. His work has also been included in group shows at Cheim & Read Gallery, New York,Siena Art Institute Siena Italy, Bangkok Art and Culture Center Thailand, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, “The 40th World Gallery of Drawing, Osten Biennial of Drawing”, Skopje Macedonia 2012, Lotte Gallery Korea, Art Gallery The University Center, Colorado Mesa University USA, Rochester Contemporary Art Center New York, USA, Sanamchandra Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Sanamchandra Palace Campus,Nakhon Pathom province. Bangkok, Thailand, Chiang Mai University Art Center, Chiang Mai Province. Bangkok, Thailand. Forum Fundacao Eugenio De Almeida Museum, Evora, Portugal, Richmond Art Gallery ( RAG ), Canada and Luhring Augustine, New York, USA.
His work portrays the memories in daily life in an abstract, figurative, and poetic atmosphere. He creates his work using the medium of Painting and Photography. His work is abstract, figurative, and intuitive, inspired by people he meet each day, things that happen himself, and places he have been. He capture memories, feelings and imagination as a visual diary. his work is an allegory and metaphor of what goes around his life.
A self - taught painter who majored in Art Photography, Piko is heavily inspired by his surrounding environment - expressing and translating reality into paintings using a rich visual language. “My work is an expression and the memory of behavior and personal feeling of anxiety about the perception of material reality, fantasy and human transformation. It is inspired by doodles, lines, images, impressions of forms, shapes, colors and environments that I have seen.” 20th century Western painting history with artists ranging from Picasso, Basquiat, Dubuffet and Twombly were inspirational to Piko’s recent series of paintings presented at the gallery. Piko explored their oeuvre mostly through books and documentary films – as there is no museum in Indonesia – yet – showing a substantial collection of (Western) modern and contemporary art. The artist is eager to express strong emotions through his paintings and free his personal feelings to reach the pinnacle of creativity. Here it is secondary if his inspiration stems from studying the „real“ paintings or their reproductions. Artists like Joseph Beuys and Antoni Tàpies as well strongly inspired Piko. Joseph Beuys as a performance, installation, and conceptual artist who considers the artists’ train of thought important. Antoni Tàpies, a self-taught artist as well and a representative of „Art informel“ or later „Matter painting” whose intuitive use of found objects and materials in his paintings emphasizes the aspect of chance and improvisation when working. Exploring the expressive capacity of abstraction, the works are both allegorical and metaphorical at the same time and function as a visual diary of sorts for the artist where he records and illustrates his emotions, experiences and memories. The paintings present an alternative reading of abstraction in the present context of Indonesia and the world. Art and life for Piko are therefore not only intertwined but inseparable. Iabadio Piko lives and works in Yogyakarta. He studied at Academic Design of Vision Yogyakarta Department ( ADVY ) 2005, majoring in Art Photography and is a self- taight painter. In 2014, “The Top 10 of Asia” magazine included Piko in the list of 10 visual artists emerging in Asia. He has exhibetd in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Solo, Padang, Jakarta and Surabaya Indonesia, as well as in Taiwan, Europe and the US. Residencies include Transit #3 Residency at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space Bandung and Luzhunan Historical House, Miaoli, Taiwan.