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Umar Sumarta adalah pelukis asal Sumedang, tidak jauh dari kota Bandung. Ini kutipan yang saya peroleh dari www.javafred.net:
In the small West Java town of Sumedang, not far from Bandung,Umar first saw the light of day in 1948. He was raised and brought up in a village outside of Sumedang. Life in the village, where Islamic belief is underlain with even older animist traditions, has had a lasting impact on Umar’s artistic life.
Umar has chiefly devoted himself to motifs deriving from Sundanese traditions in West Java. The tradition is rich in spirits, ghosts, ceremony, magic, as well as daily village life. One of his favorite motifs is horses and their role in the certain local ceremonies. He ranges in style from surreal dream sequences to cubist to a unique discipline of stylized painterly detail. Umar’s paintings are full of stories, just as the man himself is. His paintings invite the viewer into a world populated with real and imagined figures interacting in ways that often require intense active participation. Umar’s paintings, indeed, reveal new discoveries of figure and narration at each encounter.
Because of the importance attached to having an academic degree in Indonesia (even for artists), Umar finished his university training in 1994 at IKIP, Bandung, after beginning his studies years before.
At twenty, Umar left the village to live in Bandung, the West Java provincial capital of 3 million. A prolific painter, he began exhibiting his paintings when he was 21-years old and hasn’t stopped to look back since.
Devoted exclusively to painting, Umar now lives and works in Bandung. His newly built atelier is full of light, works in progress and the stories behind the paintings.
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