Sunarto was born in 1941 in Java, Indonesia. At an early age he picked up art from school, and subsequently received some training from an uncle, but ultimately he was self-taught. By 1983 he had moved to the tropical island of Bali, where tourists were exposed to his work. In 2000 the artist moved back to Java, where he continues to paint the colourful tropical landscapes interspersed with traditional figures.
Sunarto’s works, which are mostly oils, are characterised by bold strokes, thick texture, three-dimensional stipple technique as well as the use of bright colours.
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