Made Suamba, born in 1975 in Bali, is a gifted Indonesian artist who’s art has been exhibited with great success both in Bali, Indonesia and internationally.
Already at an early age Made was inspired by the long tradition of local painters, most of the village men painted in one form or another. The road ahead however was not easy, but a fierce determination to escape his impoverished childhood saw him working from the age of seven. Carrying stones from the river, selling grass for cow feed, anything that would enable him to continue his school years.
In 1992 he began his higher art education by entering Senior Art School at SMSR in Ubud and three years later he could enroll at the Institute Seni Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali, where he studied painting for five more years. With his skill and talent Made even began teaching painting at the Shadewa Art Institute as well. Since 2000 he has been focusing on his personal painting career and today he owns his own art gallery and most days are spent in his studio in Bali, Indonesia.
His art has found its way to permanent public installations and private collectors both in Indonesia and other parts of the world, e.g. Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bali, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jakarta, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and USA.
As a Hindu priest, with a deep commitment to the faith and culture, his artistic legacy is fused with his own personal imprint of his spiritual ques using canvas as a tool for inner exploration.
In his painting, Made seeks to unravel life’s complexities; the meeting point between the inner and outer world, the interaction between dark and light impulses, the relationship between man and nature. Nature is indeed the inspiration for his creations and he displays a strong symbiosis with mood and emotion.
He looks to the relationships of colour, tone and pattern in nature then responds to the variations of outdoor light and to his own feelings about the reality he sees.
In front of one of his paintings one is immediately stricken by the complex of reactions it induces in the observer and how it can, at the same time, provoke an experience of physical intensity and a powerful meditative emotion seducing one’s mind into a philosophical experience.
Working with a feverish activity, Made splashes paint on canvas, the strokes fast and furious, rapid movements fuelled by an emotional charge. Rarely predetermined waves of colour, morph into abstract shapes and lines which criss cross the canvas, although always with harmonious tonal arrangements.
White is the favourite colour of Made, as a symbol of male energy, young and untamed, burning under our eyes.