Ahadiat Joedawinata

Besides working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Art and Design ITB, Ahadiat also works as an interior designer and exhibition system designer for local and international clients. He graduated from ITB in 1973. Together with his wife, Rini Chairin Hayati who is also a graduate of the same faculty, he has developed design crafts throughout Indonesia especially wood, earthenware, and bamboo crafts. He is regularly invited to contribute his works in various kinds of seminars and researches in such field. For his doctoral degree dissertation, Ahadiat analysed local materials and techniques as additional elements in the formation of an object. Since 2000, he has been actively making ceramic artworks in a small studio at his house.
His interest in different media has motivated him to work using ceramic. Ahadiat believes that art is a means of expression of many feelings, thoughts, and questions on different kinds of life experiences. This can be done through various kinds of media each artist has mastered in his/ her own unique way. The mastery of medium becomes very important to him in creating artworks that function as media where an artist is as a message deliverer and the public is the appreciator. In his ceramic artworks, Ahadiat mainly explores the forms of vessels with sculptural tendencies using hand-building or pinching techniques. Open forms with some exposed parts that look like rips have become his trademark. On the one hand, vessel forms seem to have monumental characters; on the other hand, it looks fragile with natural colours. Ahadiat has participated in several collaborative exhibitions and has had three solo exhibitions from 1999 to 2009.



Putaran kehidupan (Circle of Life) . Size T.57 CM X Dia 52 CM, coil & pinching-stoneware-glazed. 2009


Born in Cirebon, 31 January 1943. During his time in the high school in 1960-1963, Ahadiat was active in Sanggar Seniman or the Artists’ Studio at the ex-house oh the painter Kartono in Lembah Siliwangi (the valley of Siliwangi), under the tutelage of the painters But Mochtar, Srihadi Soedarsono, A.D. Pirous, and Adrin Kahar. Ahadiat finished his study at the Departement of Art, Bandung Institute of Technology in 1973, and had his doctoral degree from the same institution.
From 2000 to today, Ahadiat has been intensively active in making ceramic works in a small studio at his home.

He has exhibited his works in:
_ Edwin’s Gallery Inaugural Exhibition. Denpasar-Bali. 1999.
_ Exhibition “Media in Media”. The National Gallery. 2001.
_ “Contemporary Craft” Exhibition. The National Gallery. 2001.
_ “Objects” Exhibition. The Galeri Fabriek. 2001.
_ CP Open Biennale “Interpellation”. The National Gallery. 2003.
_ Solo Ceramic Exhibition “Soil-Man-Space”. The Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. June 2005.
_ Edwin’s Gallery’s 21st Anniversary Exhibition. Jakarta. July 2005.
_ “Ceramic” Solo Exhibition. The Decorous Showroom. Jakarta. September 2005.
_ Design Competition & Exhibition in Craft & Design Biennale 2005. Gwangju – Korea. 2005. (Gwangju Design Museum Collection).
_ Joint-Exhibition. The Galeri Cipta. Ismail Marzuki Cultural Park. Jakarta. April 2006.
_ “Contemporary Craft” Exhibition. Gracia Art Gallery. Surabaya. 2006.
_ Ceramic Product for : “Good Design Competition”. London-UK. 2007.
_ Solo Ceramic Exhibition “Critical Point” O House Gallery. Jakarta. 2008.
_ “A Decade of Dedication-Ten Years Revisited” Exhibition. The Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. September-October 2008.
_ Solo Ceramic Exhibition “The Journey”. Kendra Gallery of Contemporary Art. Bali. 29 November 2008 – 5 January 2009.
_ The Ring of Fire : First Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival. Ground Floor Gallery Ayala Museum. Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Makati City, Philippines 1224. September 21 – October 4, 2009.