Ivan Sagita, born in Malang 1957. Studied at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta from 1979-85. An introvert and mysterious artist, his work is well known in the world of art. He uses realistic painting techniques to make unrealistic images.
He almost always paints human figures repeatedly within one work, depicting them in shifting poses or different situations. Sagita's paintings were selected as the Best Work at the 7th and 8th Jakarta Biennales of Painting in 1987 and 1989, and he was awarded the silver medal at the Osaka Triennale in 1996. His first solo exhibition was at the Duta Fine Art Gallery in Jakarta in 1988. Selected group exhibitions include: The Third Asian Art Show (Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, 1989); The Seventh Asian International Art Exhibition (Bandung, Indonesia, 1992); The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 1993); The Asian Water Color (National Gallery, Bangkok, 1995); and Modernity and Beyond (Singapore Art Museum, 1996).