ABOUT THE WRITER: SERUNI BODJAWATI


Seruni Bodjawati was born in Yogyakarta, September 1, 1991. Graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in fine art from Indonesian Arts Institute of Yogyakarta (ISI Yogyakarta). She started to paint when she was 10 months old. She has achieved numerous art awards until 2012, such as: Honorary Award from Director General of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia (2012), The Best High-Achieving Student by Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta and the Rector of ISI, Prof. Dr. AM. Hermien Kusmayati, S.S.T., S.U. (2012), The Best Painting Artwork Dies Natalis XXVI ISI Yogyakarta (2010), The Best Watercolor Painting ISI Yogyakarta (2010), The Best Sketch FSR ISI Yogyakarta (2010), Selected Painter: Local Government of Yogyakarta and Kyoto Japan Painting Cooperation (1997), The Best Painting Artwork Dies Natalis XXVII ISI Yogyakarta (2011), and Top 12 The Best Artwork Bazaar Art Award 2011 Harper's Bazaar Indonesia-Vanessa Art Link Jakarta (2011). She was the champion of 15 children painting competitions in Yogyakarta and Central Java (1995-1997) and was awarded as The Most Successful International Visual Artist under 20 by La Société des Artistes Contemporains, France (2011).

Seruni was elected as one of Indonesian Young Heroes by Aplaus The Lifestyle Indonesia for her achievements in international art scenes. In 2012 she was awarded as Indonesia's Most Inspiring Woman in Art and Culture by Kartini Magazine and Indonesian First Lady, Ani Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Kartini Awards 2012, the other nominees for the award were Agnes Monica (singer, actress), Atilah Soeryadjaya (Director and screenwriter of Sendratari Matah Ati), Kamila Andini (Director and screenwriter, the winner of Piala Citra 2011), Encim Masnah (87-year-old maestro gambang kromong classic), Astaliah (119-year-old maestro of South Kalimantan Barikin mask dance), Roesina (Dayak Deyah dancer from South Kalimantan).

Seruni has held four solo exhibitions in Yogyakarta and dozens of group exhibitions both inside and outside the nation as in Indonesia (Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Edwin's Gallery, The Ritz Carlton Jakarta, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Jogja National Museum, etc) Japan (Kyoto), America (New York), Australia (Melbourne), Philippine (Manila), Romania (Bucharest), France (Aix-Marseille, Boulogne & Paris), India (Hyderabad), England (London), Germany (VK Lauterbach), New Zealand (Christchurch), Singapore, Hungary (Budapest & Eger) and Spain (City of Cuenca). Besides painting, she is also writing essays, curating local exhibitions in Yogyakarta, and producing art films.




Seruni Bodjawati has been writing in the mass media since elementary school . Until now, she writes short stories, poems, and essays in the various mass media of Indonesia and abroad. She is also active in various social organizations and NGOs. In 2015, Seruni was awarded by Governor of Special Region of Yogyakarta as a Museum Ambassador.