Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Kustiyah (b. 1935, Probolinggo; d. 2012, Yogyakarta) trained at ASRI (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) in Yogyakarta and continued her work as part of the Pelukis Rakyat (People’s Artists) and Pelukis Indonesia (Indonesian Painters) groups. Much of her formative work—whether landscape, still life, or portraiture—pictured scenes from everyday life and were painted outside of a studio setting. Kustiyah was one of the few female painters working at the time. Early on, her work was collected by major government institutions, including the National Gallery of Indonesia. She participated in the first all-female painting and sculpture exhibition in 1956, presented at Seniman Indonesia Muda (Young Indonesian Artists) studio in Yogyakarta. Throughout her career, she participated in group exhibitions in Jakarta and Yogyakarta and counted among her peers artists such as Kartika, Siti Ruliyati, and others who formed the IKAISYO/Ikatan Istri Senirupawan Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Artist’s Wives Association). Her deteriorating health eventually limited her public visibility as well as that of her work, but she continued to paint through the early 2000s. After Kustiyah’s passing, her husband, the well-known sculptor Edhi Sunarso, built a private museum in her honor, called the Griya Seni Hj. Kustiyah Edhi Sunarso, which houses a large collection of her paintings.

Kustiyah, Torso, 1960, oil on canvas, 33 7/8 in. x 26 3/4 in., Griya Seni Hj. Kustiyah Edhi Sunarso, photo: Fajar Riyanto

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