I was born and raised in Indonesia, where I spent my childhood exploring the bustling city of Jakarta, the rustic backwoods of Java island, and later, the refreshing atmosphere of Seattle. As a teenager, I drew inspiration for my artwork from the likes of Salvador Dalí, Mr. Tino Sidin (an Indonesian artist cartoonist), and various design publications from around the world.
My passion for art and design led me to immigrate to the United States, where I pursued my studies in graphic design and art in Seattle and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I now reside in Seattle, where I continue to practice my craft.
My artwork has been featured in gallery exhibitions, various art courses as a guest speaker, and numerous private collections across the United States, Australia, and Asia. Additionally, my paintings and digital murals can be found in several locations throughout Amazon.com's headquarters in Seattle's South Lake Union campus.
In 2021, I established The Spice Art Club, an art mentorship program designed to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for like-minded artists to grow and develop their skills. It serves as a safe space that transforms self-doubt into confidence through art practice.
Creating art for me is a process of introspection. It's a journey of self-discovery that begins with a question and culminates in a narrative - an abstraction of life itself. Through my work, I aim to convey the journey rather than just the destination, using materials, colors, and textures to create phrases and chapters that tell a story.
Driven by my passion for food and a fascination with visual language, I explore the interplay of color, texture, and form, often drawing inspiration from the culinary world. Like a chef blending different ingredients to create a unique dish, I mix and arrange materials, colors, forms, and compositions to create contrasts and harmonies that evoke a sense of playfulness and lightness.
But my art is not just about aesthetics. It is also a statement about the importance of embracing diversity and overcoming prejudice. Through my work, I invite viewers to see food as a metaphor for life, where each ingredient represents a different person, unique in their own way, yet contributing to the overall harmony of the dish.
Ultimately, my message is simple: we may be different, but we are also the same, and it is our differences that make life interesting and beautiful.
1997 Art Center College of Design (B.F.A)
1994 Art Institute of Seattle (A.A)
2023 Slip Gallery group exhibition - Have You Eaten?
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 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 / Collaborations
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
Visionary Art Collective
ITSLIQUID Int'l Contest 10th Edition 2021 Art Exhibition in Barcelona
3rd place, 2021 Art Fluent Abstracted Juried Exhibition
1st place, 2020 Art2Life International Juried Art Exhibition
2020 Panel Juror for Shunpike Storefronts, Seattle, WA
2020 - 2022: Board of Trustees for Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.
Partial Collections / Collaborations
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