Nyoman Nuarta was born in Tabanan in 1951.He was graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Has participated the Indonesian New Art Movement. In August 2018, he completed his most ambitious project the "Garuda Wisnu Kencana" monument, as the third tallest monument in the world. Built to be as the new cultural landmark for Indonesia, it took Nuarta and his team 28 years to finish the gigantic Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue (GWK). With no government's involvement, standing above a 64 meter tall pedestal building, the 75 meter tall copper statue was funded by the artist himself and private sectors.
Nuarta's contribution in arts and culture has been appreciated in many ways. He was awarded "Ganesha Widya Jasa Adiutama" in 2009 and 2018 by Bandung Institute of Technology, "Satyalancana Kebudayaan" in 2014 by the President of Indonesia, and received "Padma Award 2018" in Padma Shri category by the President of India in 2018. His works spread across Indonesia, Asia Pasific, Europe, and many other parts of the world. Nuarta is indeed the pride of Indonesia.