Indonesia is constantly giving birth to high achievers. This time through the creative sector of artistic artwork, the name of Indonesia is again heard in the international event. An ‘Angst’ painting by Indonesian artist Suvi Wahyudianto won the 2018 Southeast United Overseas Bank (UOB) award in 2018. His work against other strong rivals from Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Moreover, Suvi won the “UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year” award. “This is the first international art competition that I participated in and I felt a very valuable experience,” he said.
Suvi’s work was inspired by events between ethnic tensions that occurred in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in 2001. The abstract painting created by the 26-year-old artist tells of primordial sentiments and the importance of empathy.
“I want to share the value of the importance of empathy in ourselves because humans are basically made of the same meat or material. As a young professional artist, I am honored to represent Indonesia at the Southeast Asian level, and won the 2018 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year, “said Suvi
The judging panel said it was impressed by its ability to generate empathy for the community involved in the social conflict. His work is considered capable of using a variety of techniques and textures to transform his ideas into compelling works of art from resin, plastics, and pigments. The guest of honor of Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth, and the Ministry of Transportation gave an award at the Victoria Theater, Singapore yesterday.
This competition has covered the careers of famous artists, including recipients of the Singapore Cultural Medal Chua Ek Kay and Anthony Poon. The winners received an award that took place at the Victoria Theater in Singapore on Thursday (1/11). The work of the winners will be exhibited at Singapore’s UOB Art Gallery starting November 9 2018-28-28 2019.
Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Group CEO of UOB, said that for the 37 years the event has supported various works from new and professional artists from Southeast Asia. “The UOB Painting of the Year painting competition has helped the birth of a new generation of artists in Southeast Asia,” Wee said.
This competition, he said, has also contributed to higher awareness and appreciation for art and an understanding of cultural influences that are more profound in Southeast Asian countries.
UOB has made art as one of the pillars of its corporate social responsibility program for almost four decades. UOB’s various art activities include partnerships with artists to share their knowledge and experience of art with school students, carry out art activities for children in need and those with special needs, and organize exhibitions for professional artists and newcomers.