I Made Bakti Wiyasa, Build Village Gallery for Village Children

I Made Bakti Wiyasa, Build Village Gallery for Village Children

In the art world, the name of I Made Bakti Wiyasa has been quite familiar. Aside from giving birth to imaginative artworks, this man born at Pemanis hamlet on April 10, 1974 is also busy fostering children in the city of Denpasar. In teaching the art to children, he has the principle ‘if you can

In the art world, the name of I Made Bakti Wiyasa has been quite familiar. Aside from giving birth to imaginative artworks, this man born at Pemanis hamlet on April 10, 1974 is also busy fostering children in the city of Denpasar. In teaching the art to children, he has the principle ‘if you can dream you can draw.’ In the process, he does not only teach about the works of art, but also provide character education and creative power of children.

Now, this artist who received the Lempad Prize 2016 is building a gallery at his home village at Pemanis hamlet, Penebel, Tabanan. Through the gallery, he would like to gather village children to be taught to paint together. Painting is different from drawing because the painting is more imaginative. “I think that providing the art education to children is important,” he said.

According to him, currently the development of children is vulnerable that simply becomes ‘the user’ of modern technology products like smartphone, gadget and laptop with game applications bringing in difficulty to the growth of children’s creativity. “It is very hazardous because it can make our children as the heir of golden generation civilization into passive generation. As a result, it will become the target market having no power to survive and to do creativity,” he said.

This alumnus of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta said that the gallery has been prepared since 2004, but only since 2017 he has been confident to live and work at the village. “I realize that my village is one of the true living libraries for my ideas and next artworks. Through the theme Pertiwi Jati (literally, Genuine Earth), I will take the children to learn to paint,” he added.

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Armed with the background in the art and spirituality, he considered to have a responsibility to introduce the arts to children. The impetus came after he has a wealth of experience in exhibition and organization, both in Bali and in other cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. Due to his love to children, he also initiated the Rare Bali Festival with Penggak Men Mersi cultural house.

In painting, this artist from Pemanis hamlet, Biaung, Penebel, has a figurative surrealistic style. He immortalizes a lot of the human objects, but still incorporates with the imaginative power. By doing so, the spiritual message can be easily delivered to the audience.

In addition to painting, his daily activities are helping others in terms of health with the healing method inherited from Balinese ancestors. Incidentally he is also the aspirant, explorer and preserver of ancient culture of the archipelago. It is associated with the natural harmony of education, ‘healing’ and kris culture. “I learned this old fashioned method of ancestral code of nature, mountains, old trees and ancient sites such as temples and menhir,” he said.

In the healing process, he does not use any drugs. It is a method of healing with quantum physics of the Balinese ancestors remaining to be practiced by Balinese people on Tumpek Uduh. “To the trees, we do wholehearted prayers to plants and nature,” he concluded. (BTN/015)



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