Rangga Aputra

Rangga Aputra

10 September 2022

Rangga Aputra (1995, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

"I work as if I was remembering and writing random memories as a form of gradual self-digging. Memories of the past become personal things to dig deeper, and are then sorted and gathered into the artwork" - Rangga Aputra


Rangga was born in 1995 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He still lives and works in Yogyakarta.
Rangga Aputra studied at the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since his childhood, Rangga has been interested in painting: painting is pure pleasure for him. He started to paint when he was at Senior High School. Influenced by some important exhibitions in Yogyakarta, today Rangga has already joined plenty of shows in his country and awarded different prizes.

Anselm Kiefer, George Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet, Antoni Tàpies and Zao Wouki are some of “legend” artists (as he likes to call them) who inspired him. Most of Rangga’s artworks highlight his interests in daily issues such as personal routines.

Monochrome colours are his typical landmark, whereas colours bring the nuance of deep reflection. Rangga uses different tools, depending on the needs of the visual language to be delivered. Alongside acrylic and oil paint, he likes to play with texture and explore new materials such as asphalt, bitumen, car paint and spray, to get different results such as the colour of the soil.

I have created 2 series of artworks in the past 3 years: the first series is “Catatan Tekstur” (“Record of texture”) which concerns artworks connected to memories of the past. These artworks try to reveal layers of memories about things from the past that really imprint on our mind and subconscious, interpreting the background layers as the past.

On the other hand, the outer layer represents the present, with lines shaping visuals and letters spontaneously. The texture etchings are instead seen as a past that cannot be completely dismantled. Memories remain in the present. However, it’s impossible to remember all the past and to scratch the entire the surface, because it quickly dries, and cannot be modified, like time, which cannot turn back and cannot be changed.

The second series is “Bias Cahaya” (“Record of Refraction”). Exploring memories in the experimental area and remembering when the pupils of the eyes enlarge while seeing the sunlight. Being in a dark room after staring at the sun causes our eyes to give rise to imaginary colours and irregular lines due to ocular diaphragm (the iris). It seems to be among the fireflies.

Artworks created by undefined blocks of colour and absurd shapes, superimposed on each other, are an effort to remember this condition, and to express spontaneous and common objects so that their existence is appreciated”.  - Rangga Aputra