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Bestrizal Besta

Bestrizal Besta

born in 1973

Besta Bestrizal is an Indonesian artist working mainly with the painting. His works revol-ve around the themes of humanity, science and art. Bestrizal’s photo-realist approach is grounded in photography where he constructs scenarios that are then processed as digital images that are later manipulated and embellished with elements that enable the artist to further present his moral and personal message.

His works display a mastery of charcoal as a medium, used in a remarkable scale on canvas, with a symbolic, haunting, joyful, mysterious subject matter that can lead to many discoveries.
In some of his paintings, Bestrizal uses splashes of colour coming from flora and fauna: ‘This is an applied metaphor in which I address our contrasting relationship with na- ture. We are all different, and with our differences, we co-exist interdependently in equilibrium’, the artist explains.

[...] The charcoal works of Indonesian artist Bestrizal Besta form a series of landscapes where nature, people, and objects come into contention with one another in monochromatic black and white. These landscapes seem to invite us into a detailed world a la “Alice in Wonder- land” or Hieronymus Bosch’s surreal hybrid worlds—only more scorched, as though they have just endured inferno. Besta describes various shapes, different kinds of animals and plants from macro-organisms to minuscule creatures, different kinds of objects, human body parts, and so forth. He layers elements, stacks and piles them one on top of the other, making them jostle for space on his canvas. The subjects in Besta’s works as shown at this solo exhibition mainly imply a relationship between people and nature, depicting an array of plants, animals, and sundry objects. He reveals how each artwork began from small things; and though small, they carry with them an energy that can propel others through a constellation of minute elements reminiscent of microorganisms that exist intertwined with our lived realities. [...]”.

essay by Rifky Effendy 
written on the occasion of the exhibition 
Bestrizal Besta. Seeing The Unseen
at Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, February 2020

Born in 1973, Padang, Indonesia. Living and working in Yogyakarta

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2020

Besta Bestrizal-Solo Show, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2019

Mother Nature, Art Porters Gallery, Singapore
2013

Hopes and Fears, Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia

2011

Changes, Semarang Gallery, Jakarta Art District. Grand Indonesia, Jakarta

2009

Cybernetic Blues, CGartspace Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2018

Indonesian Identities, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

2015

[Belum Ada Judul] Pameran + Peluncuran Buku Enin Supriyanto, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2014

Shout! MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma Italy

2012

Drawing Exhibition “It’s Complicated”, Green Artspace, Jakarta, Indonesia

2011

Indonesia Art Motoring Exhibition, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta;

Biennale Jakarta # 14, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta

2010

Almost White Cube, The 12th Anniversary of CGartspace, Jakarta;

Percakapan Masa, Indonesia Nationall Gallery, Jakarta;

Indonesia Art Award, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta

Bestrizal Besta - The Same Earth
The Same Earth
2021
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - The Same Earth
2021 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Earth
Earth's Mirror
2021
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Earth's Mirror
2021 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Everyone thinks of changing the world
Everyone thinks of changing the world
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Everyone thinks of changing the world
2020 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Never lost hope
Never lost hope
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
200 × 200 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Never lost hope
2020 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 200 × 200 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Evening Banquet
Evening Banquet
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on linen
150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Evening Banquet
2020 - Charcoal and acrylic on linen - 150 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Inside
Inside
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on linen
100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Inside
2020 - Charcoal and acrylic on linen - 100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Depth
Depth
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on linen
100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Depth
2020 - Charcoal and acrylic on linen - 100 x 100 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Moving in silent
Moving in silent
2019
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Moving in silent
2019 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 200 x 150 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy
Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy
2019
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Bestrizal Besta - Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy
2019 - Charcoal and acrylic on canvas - 200 x 200 cm