Dipo Andy (b. Sumbawa, Indonesia, 1975) 

 

 

Dipo Andy is a young Indonesian artist and a leader in the current neo-pop art movement. Born in Sumbawa in 1975, Dipo graduated from Indonesia's top art academy, the Institute of Art (ISI) in 1999 in Yogyakarta, where he currently resides and paints.

Dipo claims strong influence from Andy Warhol's idealism and is said to live by his dictum “Maybe art exists, but I do not believe in it. He has persistent desire to view subjects from different angles and constantly explores many approaches to similar themes. His works in the '"Mirror" series displayed in this page are Dipo's latest experiment with the representation of traditional art masterpieces across the ages.

In the "Mirror" works, Dipo's appropriation of iconic images extracted from masterpieces is not intended as a parody. He is presenting the works of masters through the prism of his own reactions and emotions, using geometrical structural tools borrowed from graphic design. We do not need to understand the form and context of his works to enjoy the new visual constructions. His strategy is a combination of artistic sensitivity and public sensibility, which he believes has changed over the years due to the proliferation through the mass media of contemporary culture. In these works there are hidden messages from his personal imagination, his subjective perception and his implicit critism of contemporary art itself.

Dipo's impact is strengthened by strong visual images presented in attractive compositions of geometric shapes and shading by playing distinctively with linear and color distortion. In the words of curator Enin Suprianto, Dipo shows us that "The work of the master can be meaningful, or it can be meaningless."

Dipo's works have earned him numerous awards and accolades, including the Top 5 Winner of the Indonesia Art Award in 1999 and finalist in the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards. He has held several solo and group exhibitions in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and internationally in Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Mirror no. 12 After Warhol

Mirror no. 15 After Raphael

Mirror no. 3 After Manet

Mirror no. 8 After Da Vinci

Mirror no. 6 After Manet

Mirror no 1 After Picasso