Lives and Works: Bandung, Indonesia




“John martono is creates unique painting mix with hand embroidery, his Works Certainly bring a new perspective within worlds’s contemporary fine arts”

Curatorial About John’s Work :

Art is indeed about the freedom to express, and painting need not necessary be strictly on canvas. For many artists painting on silk can be a novel and unique idea, requiring a special ability. But for John Martono, using silk as a preferred medium for painting has become a trademark for self-expression.

Renowned mostly as a textile designer, his works are very much related to textile science and technique. With his years of experience as textile lecturer at the Bandung Institute of Technology, he devotes himself to textiles and is known by his students as Captain John. It comes as no surprise therefore that he uses silk for his painting. He shares these words from experience,

“It is rather unique since painting on silk is not easy.You know, silk is quite expensive and I must use special paint as well. I have no choice but to purchase paint abroad since it is not available in Indonesia. When I do my painting, the frame must be in a lying position. It is only logical that when your frame is upright, paint will drip downward. A smooth painting technique is important for such fine silk material.

John is one of few painters with a graduate degree and is in the midst of doing his postgraduate degree. His works certainly bring a new and different perspective within Indonesia’s contemporary fine arts.