Pudjo Asmanto is a visual artist based in Semarang, Indonesia. He has known the world of art since he was a child. Because of his artistic talent, he entered college in the fine arts program at Semarang State University and graduated in 2014. His educational journey was not as smooth as he expected because he had to divide his time between working outside school to meet his educational needs and expenses. Currently, apart from working as an illustrator and as a freelancer, he is also actively participating in several art exhibitions in various cities in Indonesia. The visual style that is carried throughout his work is mostly surreal, raising personal stories and his nearest environment. In some of his works, there are also visuals with a 'naivism' style. Initially, he always focused his work on canvas media, but as time progressed, he tried to explore visuals in digital form. Pudjo in his daily life, is very quiet because he prefers to convey things visually and hopes that other people will think and understand what he means.
We recently caught up with Pudjo after High Art 2022 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
I will do something to produce works
What art/artist do you most identify with?
there's some art that I'm familiar with, but what impresses is the surrealists, like frida kahlo or salvador dali
What themes do you pursue the most?
What role does an artist have in society?
artists as scientists, communicating messages to the public.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
life is full of uniqueness. live to be enjoyed and develop talents to be useful for many people
What advice would you give to your younger self?
keep learning to achieve perfection, even though humans will not be perfect
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, tell us your favorite song and artist.
yes, all songs from aerosmith
What's the best thing about being an artist?
the artist inspires many people, sometimes considered a genius
What is your dream project?
can continue to work and live from art-