Culture | Sunday 13 December 2009 | sundanesecorner.org
As the capital of West Java Province, Bandung is gifted with several artists. One of the prominent contemporary artists living in this cosmopolitan city is Isa Perkasa—look, it’s common for a Sundanese man or woman to have such a rhyming name.
Isa was born in Majalengka, a coastal region of West Java, on 21 June 1964. From 1985 to 1993 he had studied fine art at Art and Design Department of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).
In 1997 Isa joined an artist residency programme at Nagasawa Art Park in Tsuna, Japan. He also joined a same programme at Pacific Bridge Gallery in Oakland, C.A., U.S.A. in 1999. He was one of the five best nominees accepting 1998 Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award that was presented in Jakarta. In 1998 his work was also one of the five best works in the category of “juror choice” winning Philip Morris Asia Art Award that was presented in Hanoy, Vietnam.
Isa has several times presented his works in both solo and collaborative exhibitions. Since 1998 he has also been focusing his creative energy on performance art.
Several drawings by Isa were published in “Khazanah”, a literary supplement of Bandung-based Pikiran Rakyat daily newspaper. To some extents, they could be seen as artistic responses to contemporary Indonesian social and political situations.
Isa is also the curator of Galeri Rumah Teh (Tea House Gallery) at West Java Cultural Park in Bandung.