I was born in Indonesia and grew up exploring the crowded city of Jakarta, the backwoods of Java island, and later the contrastingly fresh air of Seattle. As a teenager, Salvador Dalí, Mr. Tino Sidin (an Indonesian artist cartoonist), and many design publications from around the world inspired my initial artmaking.
I immigrated to the United States to pursue my interest in art and design, studied graphic design and art in Seattle and Art Center College of design in Pasadena. I'm now living in Seattle practicing my work in art and design.
In addition to gallery exhibitions, guest speakers to various art courses and numerous private collections in both the United States, Australia, and Asia, my paintings and digital murals can be seen in various locations of the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle's South Lake Union campus.
In 2021, I founded an art mentorship program The Spice Art Club. A safe space transforming doubt into a place of confidence through art practice. It’s a place for like-minded artists to grow and support each other through art.
When I create, I embark on a journey of self-reflection. Each painting begins with a question, and through exploration, grows into a narrative; an abstraction of an aspect of life where the materials, colors, and textures become phrases and chapters describing the journey, not just the ending.
My love of food and curiosity in visual language led me to a study of color, texture, and forms inspired by food—Mix them up as if they are different people. Arranging materials, colors, forms, and compositions to invoke contrast and harmony.
It’s about taking a lighthearted approach to the injustice and pain when people treat those who are different than themselves. Food is life. Ingredients are people. We are all different, but we are also the same.
1997 Art Center College of Design (B.F.A)
1994 Art Institute of Seattle (A.A)
2022 Seattle Art Fair - Ryan James Fine Arts
2022 Julie Nester Gallery - Park City Utah
2022 Art & Light Gallery - South Carolina
2022 Museo Gallery - Whidbey Island
2021 Leftovers, Ryan James Fine Arts - Belltown
2021 Leftovers, Museo Gallery - Whidbey Island
2021 Leftovers, Art & Light Gallery - South Carolina
2020 Melting Pot, Ryan James Fine Arts - Belltown
2020 Bellevue Arts Museum Annual Gala Auction
2020 Beauty of our Minds - Storefronts, Shunpike Arts Seattle
2020 Space Craft, Seattle
2019 Miro Tea, Ballard
2018 Sugar High, San Francisco. Invitational Group Exhibition
2018 Art San Diego, Invitational Art Collective managed by Jen Tough Gallery, International Group Exhibition
2018 Visual Impressions Juried show Ryan James Fine Arts
2017 Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas Auction (Saving Salmon)
2011 Cake Spy (Sugar Rush )
2011 RAW Pulse Seattle at iMusic, Seattle WA (Chaosmatic & Sugar Rush)
2010 Retrofit Home, Capitol Hill WA (Sugar Rush)
2010 The Other Coast, Ballard WA (Sugar Rush)
2010 Trophy Cupcakes Wallingford, Seattle WA (Sugar Rush)
2009 Atlas, Seattle WA (Sugar Rush)
2003 Art With Heart Holiday Shindig Auction, Seattle WA (Rush)
2003 Firehouse Cafe, Ballard WA (Blindspot)
2002 Artemis Gallery, Seattle WA (Rush & Blindspot)
2001 Northwest Asian American Theater RAW Gallery, Seattle WA (Rush)
2000 Atlas, Seattle WA
1999 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle WA
1998 The 1998 Art Fest Gallery, Seattle University
1989 Sanggar Sang Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Spice Art Club
Speaking / Collaboration
Artist guest series with Adele Sypesteyn
Artist guest with Vickie Marsango
Tap into your Creativity with Sandra Felemovicius
Open studio with Jen Tough
Intersection of food and life. Collaboration with itsbitesize.com
2020: Panel Juror for Shunpike Storefronts, Seattle, WA
2020 - 2022: Board of Trustees for Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.
Atlantis The Royal Residence, Dubai
Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue, WA
Amazon.com, Inc. Seattle, WA
Jill Lewis Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Mike Mariano & Grace Kim of Schemata Workshop, Seattle, WA
Rebecca Lyman of The Garrigan Lyman Group, Seattle, WA
Trophy Cupcakes, Seattle, WA
GroupHealth Cooperative, Seattle, WA