Iabadiou Piko



1984 Born in Prabumulih, South Sumatra, IN
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, IN


2002-2005 Academic Design Vision of Yogyakarta



Proporsi Biru - Der Anteil des Blaus, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Art Stage Jakarta, Bale Project, Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, Jakarta, IN
Redbase Young Artist Award, REDBASE, Yogyakarta, IN
Third Space, Transit #3, In Collaboration with Selasar Sunaryo Art Space ROH
Projects, curated by Roy Voragen, text by Chabib Duta Hapsoro, Jakarta, IN
Cadiak Indak Mambuang Pandai, Bakaba #5, Sakato Art Community, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, IN
Red Raw II: Discovery. Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, IN
Contrroled Coincidence, Nunu Fine Art, Taipei , TW
Mulat Sarira Nagri Parahyangan, Nu Art Sculpture Park, Nyoman Nuarta, Bandung, IN
Art Fair Philippines, Galerie Michael Janssen at Makati Manila, PH
Invisible Force, Kekuatan yang Tersembunyi, Langit Art Space, Yogyakarta, IN
Art Stage Singapore, Galerie Michael Janssen at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, SP


Kabar Angin „Gambar-gambar Iabadiou Piko“ LOFT LOFT, text by Aulia Fitrisari, Bandung, IN
Towards The Days of Tomorrow, An Abstract Paintings Exhibition, curated by Ignatia Nilu, Green Art Space Green Host, Boutique Hotel, Yogyakarta, IN
UOB. Painting of the Year, Thamrin Nine Ballroom UOB Plaza, Jakarta, IN
Transit #3 “Horison, Artists in Residence Exhibition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, IN
Breakthrough Indonesia – Malaysia Art Exchange Exhibition, Kersan Studio, Yogyakarta, IN
Soulscape in Progress #3 Abstract Road Show, Bentara Budaya, Bali, IN
Bakaba #4 “Randang dan Rendang“, Jogja Gallery, Sakato Art Community , Yogyakarta, IN
Yos - Thriving and Archiving, Antena Projects, Yogyakarta, IN


The 16th Annual 'Postcard from the Edge' - A Benefit for Visual Aids, Luhring Augustine, New York, US
ASYAAF. Culture Station Seoul 284, organized by Chosun Ilbo, curated by Dain Oh, LVS Gallery, Seoul, KR
Nandur Srawung. Rupa – Rupa Seni Rupa, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, IN
On Klik, BKdP (Balai Keseharian dan Pemajangan), Yogyakarta, IN
Fitur & Figur, text by Deni Jusmani, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, IN
Bakaba #3 “Kini”texts by Dio Pamola and Anton Rais Makoginta, Sakato Art Community, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, IN
YOS -14, Kersan Studio, Syllabus Studio, Yogyakarta, IN


Memory: International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap, Richmond Art Gallery (RAG), Richmond, CA
The Work Without Border #2, HISFA, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, IN
Pameran Seni Rupa Dollanan #2, curated by Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, essay by Stanislaus Yangni, Museum Dan Tanah Liat, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta
Portas Abertas Open Doors, Artistas Contemporaneos 60 Countries, Museum Evora, Forum Eugenio, Evora, PT
De Almeida, curated by Claudia Giannetti, PT
Pra Biennale – Jogja International Mini Print Festival ( JIMPF ), Galeri ISI Yogyakarta, Teras Print Studio, IN
6x6x2013 Cards Exhbition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), New York, US
Dunia Ketiga Orang Ketiga, curated by Anton Rais Makoginta, Realita Ketiga, Taman Budaya Padang West Sumatera, IN
The 4x6/6x4 Postcard Charity Exhibit, University Center Art Gallery, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado, US


The 40th World Gallery of Drawing, text by Pavle Pejovic, Osten Biennale of Drawing. Skopje, MK
The 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CN
Overnight Sensation, Lotte Gallery, KR
Membunuh Kemenangan, curated by Anton Rais Makoginta,Barrack Art, PKKH Purna Budaya Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, IN
Mari Boeng....!!!! Caring the Spirit with Our Freedom, curated by Anton Rais Makoginta, Pekan Apresiasi Benteng Vredeburg Museum, Yogyakarta, IN
The 14 th Annual Postcards From the Edge - A Benefit for Visual AIDS, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, US
The 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition to celebrate on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 7 th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 5 th, Bangkok, TH
Chiang Mai, University Art Center, Sanamchandra Art Gallery, Chiang Mai Province, Bangkok, TH



Finalist, REDBASE Foundation Young Artist Award, Yogyakarta, IN


Finalist, The UOB Painting of the Year 2015, Jury by Edwin Rahardjo, Agus Dermawan T, Kuss Indarto


Finalist The UOB Painting of the Year 2014, Jury by Edwin Rahardjo, Agus Dermawan T, Jean Cotoeu
(IEAA 2012-2013 Edition) Featured “Emerging Artist of the Month” Published on all Elevision Media
Screens across #Dubai Supported By Elevision Media, Presented By International Emerging Artist Award


Winner of the WORKINGTITLE365.COM Art Competition, Netherlands
Top 50 Public 100 New Masters Artists 2013 Art Competition, www.newmasterartists.com, Netherlands
Finalist Shortlisted Candidates International Emerging Artist Award Dubai 2012 - 2013, 2nd Edition
(IEAA ), Jury by Patricia Millns, Carole Rinaldi, Julie De Waroquier, Olivier Henry, Kerimcan Guleryuz, Didier
Gourvennec Ogor


Osten Award “The 40th World Gallery of Drawing, Osten Biennial of Drawing”, Skopje,
Jury by Pavle Pejovic MA, Montenegro, Dr. Barnaby Wright, Great Britain, Nickolas Thaw, US
New Masters Public Top 100 Artists 2012 Art Competition, New Masters Artists, NL
Finalist The 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, CN
Finalist The third Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition by Silpakorn University, Bangkok, TH


General Prize Winners of the 2009 Fresh M.I.L.K. Photographic Competition Parnell, Auckland, NZ

Press text 'Proporsi Biru - Der Anteil des Blaus' (2016)

Galerie Michael Janssen is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with young Indonesian painter Iabadiou Piko. (*1984)

Featuring a series of abstract paintings, “Proporsi Biru - Der Anteil des Blaus” (proportion of blue) is Piko’s first solo exhibition outside of his native Indonesia following a successful museum presentation at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung, Indonesia.

A self - taught painter who majored in Art Photography, Piko is heavily inspired by his surrounding environment - expressing and translating reality into paintings using a rich visual language.

“My work is an expression and the memory of behavior and personal feeling of anxiety about the perception of material reality, fantasy and human transformation. It is inspired by doodles, lines, images, impressions of forms, shapes, colors and environments that I have seen.”

20th century Western painting history with artists ranging from Picasso, Basquiat, Dubuffet and Twombly were inspirational to Piko’s recent series of paintings presented at the gallery. Piko explored their oeuvre mostly through books and documentary films – as there is no museum in Indonesia – yet – showing a substantial collection of (Western) modern and contemporary art.

The artist is eager to express strong emotions through his paintings and free his personal feelings to reach the pinnacle of creativity. Here it is secondary if his inspiration stems from studying the „real“ paintings or their reproductions.

Artists like Joseph Beuys and Antoni Tàpies as well strongly inspired Piko. Joseph Beuys as a performance, installation, and conceptual artist who considers the artists’ train of thought important. Antoni Tàpies, a self-taught artist as well and a representative of „Art informel“ or later „Matter painting” whose intuitive use of found objects and materials in his paintings emphasizes the aspect of chance and improvisation when working.

Exploring the expressive capacity of abstraction, the works are both allegorical and metaphorical at the same time and function as a visual diary of sorts for the artist where he records and illustrates his emotions, experiences and memories. The paintings present an alternative reading of abstraction in the present context of Indonesia and the world. Art and life for Piko are therefore not only intertwined but inseparable.