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b. 1952, Central Java, Indonesia

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Pranoto was born in a small village outside Solo, Central Java in 1952. He was driven to be an artist from an early age, so he moved to Ubud, Bali in 1974 to pursue his dream. He changed course from his background in batik to be a painter and nothing else. He was successful in his ambitions and has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Indonesia.

As an early arrival in Bali, he has been a support to many artists settling in Bali, also providing advice and guidance. Over the years he has collected his friends' works, which is what led to the establishment of Pranoto's Art Gallery in 1996. This has been a wonderful project, not only for the presentation of his collection, but for solo and group exhibitions, and the model sessions that take place twice a week at the gallery.

Pranoto has always enjoyed experimenting with different techniques and media, constantly adding new skills to his repertoire. The model sessions have provided a space to experiment and marked the most productive era of his artistic life. He has experimented with tinted plaster on ceramic, pastel on sandpaper and pastel paper, as well as oil paint on sandpaper, which provides a rich texture to work on and a dark ground. Currently he is working in charcoal on paper, which he has exhibited in Bali and Australia. These works are more like "painting with black and white" than they are drawings, as one artist commented.

Pranoto's work reflects his colour sensitivity and passion to capture the presentation of light, which creates a luminous glow to his figures.


Solo Exhibitions

2011    Capturing the Light, 100 works at Gallery East, North Fremantle and Midland Junction
           Arts Centre

Group Exhibitions

2014    Collective Asia, Maya Gallery, Singapore
2013    From the heART, Maya Gallery and Artomorrow Artspace collaboration,
           Artomorrow Artspace, Ubud, Bali
2012    Gallery East Christmas Show, group exhibition, Fremantle Western Australia
           Adi's Gallery, Ubud, Bali    
           Arslonga Vita Brevis, Sragen, Java                     
2011    Artist in Resident through City of Swan, Life Drawing, Fremantle Western Australia
           Master Classes and Marathon, Fremantle Western Australia
           Gallery East Christmas Show, Fremantle Western Australia
           Reopening Pranoto's Art Gallery, Teges, Bali
2010    Body Light and Exotic, 2 artists show, Auli and Pranoto, Terasseni Gallery,
           Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali        
2009    At Home, with Kerry Pendergrast, Pranoto's Art Gallery
           The Gradations, Terasseni Gallery, Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali
2008    Pranoto's Art Gallery Allstars, Three Monkeys Café, with Kerry
           Pendergrast, Nyoman Wirdana, Dana Hendra Basuki and Bambang Wiwoho
           Black and White, Barata Gallery, Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali


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