Born in 1967 in Malang, Indonesia, Ivan Sagita studied at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta from 1979-85. He’s known as an introvert and mysterious artist, but his work of art is well known in the world of art.
He uses realistic painting techniques to make unrealistic images. Ivan strives to depict the uncertainties of everyday life, especially as they impact on those who are powerless in the face of poverty and injustice. His work tends to express uncertainties.
Ivan's subjects are frequently the traditional Javanese people whose life struggles he observed in Yogyakarta.
Sagita's paintings were selected for 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).