Stefan Buana is a rising star amongst Indonesia's emerging artists, marking his way with fascinating paintings and exquisite sculptures that challenge and amuse his collectors and critics. Stefan is known for his constant experimentation with various styles and media and his creation of unique art pieces using non-traditional materials such as torched metal and rough craquelure.In recent years, Stefan's approach has shifted from abstraction with bold strokes, earthly colors and unusual figures to works that have a more conceptual content that represent his creative ideas and values. Tactile and pleasing to the eye, the paintings of Stefan Buana are deceptively benign. But don't be lulled by the pastel shades and fine lines as "Stefan is making strong social and political statements" says Michael Vatikiotis - former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, in his review for Stefan's solo exhibition at Galeri Nasional, Jakarta in 2008.
Born in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia in 1971, Stefan was acknowledged for his artistic talent from a very young age. Stefan studied at the High School of Fine Art (SMSR) in Padang, graduating in 1992. He went on to experience living on the streets of Kuta and other parts of Bali. A year later he continued his studies at the Art Institute of Indonesia in Yogyakarta (ISI) and graduated in 2003.
Stefan's works have earned him awards and accolades, including the Top Three Winner of Nokia Awards (2001), followed by a finalist position in the Indofood Art Award (2002) and the Phillip Morris Art Award (2003). In 2005, he was acknowledged as the first artist to make Batik Parang Lindu, a new motif of batik as a remembrance of the Java earthquake. He has held many group and solo exhibitions in Yogyakarta, Bali and Jakarta.