B. 1979, Indonesia
Noviadi Angkasapura, who grew up in an animistic culture in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, always loved to draw. When he was twenty-two, he reported a visit from a supernatural being who instructed him to make art to keep “balance and sound moral judgment in his life.” Every drawing he created contains the phrase KI RADEN SASTRO INGI which was spoken to him by the spirit. This equation inspired Angkasapura to think of himself as a messenger: he makes no claim to understand or explain the content of his works. They depict strange and disturbing beings: imaginary animals and anthropomorphic creatures whose internal organs show through. The artist derives inspiration for his figures from various Indonesian and Asian iconographic traditions including Javanese puppets and the Ramayana epic.
Angkasapura's work was recently acquired by the Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. His work was featured in the Outsider Art Fair's Doors of Perception, curated by Javier Tellez for Frieze New York, 2019.