The Expressionists Indonesian Maestro Painting

Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar (1922 - 1949)

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Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus B. Harianto

Koesoema Affandi who was born in Cirebon, West Java, 1907 – died at May 23, 1990 in Yogyakarta is Indonesia Maestro of Painting. He became famous in the world by his distinctive expressionist style. At 1950s, he had a lot of solo exhibitions held in India, UK, Europe and the United States. The painter who produced more than two thousand paintings. Before he became a painter he was a teacher and the ticket man, or even the cinema billboard maker. At 1930s, he joined to the group “Lima Pelukis Bandung;”Hendra Gunawan, Barli, Sudarso, Wahdi and Affandi”, and Affandi was credible to leadership position. He has great contributed to the development of Indonesia’s art. At 1943, he had the first solo exhibition held in “Gedung Poetra Djakarta”, during the Japanese occupation. And at that time “Empat Serangkai” consists of Ir. Soekarno, Drs. Mohammad Hatta, Ki Hajar Dewantara and Kyai Haji Mas Mansyur, directing the Cultural Section of the “Poetra” (Poesat Tenaga Rakyat, the Center of People’s Power). Affandi acted as jobholder, S. Soedjojono was in charge. When this republic was proclaimed at 1945, More


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