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Heri Dono was born in 1960 in Jakarta, Indonesia and is one of Indonesia’s best-known contemporary artists. Heavily influenced by Javanese “wayang” theatre, comic books and animation, Dono’s works are characterized by his penchant for the fantastical and the absurd, populated by astonishing characters and strange juxtapositions. While ostensibly playful and humorous, his works often contain incisive socio-political commentary on both Indonesia and abroad. He works across a broad range of media, from painting, sculpture, installation to performance.

His work has featured in exhibitions around the globe, the most recent being the 2015 Venice Biennale. In episode 23 of Brilliant Ideas, brought to you by Bloomberg and Hyundai Motor, Dono shows us around his studio in Jakarta.

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