Adi Gunawan, b.1974
Adi is an Indonesian bronze sculptor, who involves euphoria of animal signification due to his cultural background of growing up amid an agrarian society. This cultural position is in fact the aspect that enabled him to visualize motions, gestures, characters and expressions of various subjects that he sculpts. Adi softly constructs meaning in his sculptures and through that he puts forth the issue of the relationship between animals and humans alive.
When he first began sculpting, Adi would produce his works in resin and he would submit the resin form to the casters to have them made in bronze. But after many artistic disasters, Adi was determined that he would cast his own bronze by hand and has been doing so ever since. The reason was simply that the casters often missed out on important details that were essential in his works and they didn’t understand the artistic forms and reasons behind it.
Adi Gunawan's sculptures were featured as Indonesia's representative artworks at the Beijing Olympics 2008 Fine Arts Exhibition, where he was bestowed the further honor of an Olympic Torch Award. His sculptures have also been on display at notable exhibitions in several galleries and art fairs around the world.