Supratman (Maman) Rakin was born in Bandung. He was first trained as a portrait artist under the encouragement of his father, a school teacher. But soon, he found himself mostly creating ceramic sculptures and utilitarian ceramic pieces. He holds Masters of Fine Art degrees from Southern Illinois University and Pittsburg State University.
He is currently an Associate Professor in ceramics at the Catonsville Community College, Baltimore. He works tirelessly with students and schools in Baltimore, and the US, in art expression through ceramics. His works have been featured in extensive publications in Indonesia, USA, and South Korea. In 1999, he was commissioned by Baltimore City government to create a 130ft sculptural promenade at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore.
2012– “Friends”. The Ice House, Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Spring, West Virginia, USA
2008– “Loud but Not Clear”. The Gallery, at CCBC Dundalk, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2004– “1÷3: Blaise DePaolo, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Maman Rikin”. Baltimore Clayworks,
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1998– “Clay: On and Off the Wall”. Villa Julie College, Stevenson, Maryland, USA