M. Irfan is widely known for his large-scale railway scene and object painting. Born in 1972 in West Sumatra, the artist has already been actively involved in the local art scene while pursuing his studies at the Indonesia Institute of The Arts of Yogyakarta.
He was one of the founding members of the influential Jendela Art Group, Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary art collective. Since then, Irfan has worked independently in a variety of media, including painting, sculptures and photography.
His paintings portray modes of transportation like locomotives, airplanes, ships, bridges, and building that symbolise technological progress, innovation and modernity while the man-made metal structures are corroded, signifying the passing of time. One can find surrealism, optical art, modern realism and photorealism in his art.
In every work, Irfan seeks technical perfection and meticulous calculation that borders on engineering and craft. The uniqueness of Irfan’s art is the visual framing that imparts unemotional structures with complex subtexts like departure or arrival.
M. Irfan’s works have been exhibited extensively both locally and internationally in which includes National Gallery of Indonesia (Jakarta), Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, United Kingdom, France and United States. His artworks are being pursued by collectors and are often appearing in auction houses.
Born in 1972.
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Selected Solo Exhibition:
2019 "Nirkias (Not a Figure of Speech)", Rubanah Underground Hub, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013 “Coloring My Word”, Fine Art Center, Eslite Bookstore, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 “A Valentine Willie Project”, Soemardja Gallery, ITB Bandung, Bandung,
2008 “ODYSSEY”, TopRed Art Gallery, Beijing China
2006 “Oasis’’ Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Selected Group Exhibition:
2020 "Konstelasi Benda Benda", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
2019 “Square”, Affinity Art, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong
2018 “Lines”, Affinity Art, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong
Art Central 2018, Sin Sin Fine Art, Wong Chuk Hang, Indonesia
2017 "Menolak Sekaligus Merengkuh (At Once to Reject and Embrace)", Nadi
Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2016 Art Stage Jakarta 2016, Semarang Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015 “A Study on Abstraction”, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
2014 Art Stage Singapore 2014, Semarang Gallery, Singapore
2013 “Reach”, Sin Sin Fine Art, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
2013 Paintings to be looked at for more than ten seconds: Indonesian Painting I,
Equator Art Project, Singapore
2013 ARTJOG 13, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 "Cabinet Project" - "Starting from 10", Sin Sin Fine Art, Wong Chuk Hang,
2013 “Dermawan u/ Darmawan”, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013 "10 Years After", Sin Sin Fine Art, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
2013 "Seeing Paintings; Conversations Before the End of History", Gajah Gallery, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2012 Art Stage Singapore 2013, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2012 "Legacy - The Trace of Civilization", Esa Sampoerna Art Museum, Surabaya,
2012 ARTJOG 12, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2012 “The Archive Indonesian Art World 1977-2011”, National Gallery of Indonesia,
2012 "Earthly Evocations: Indonesia Art Now", Sin Sin Fine Art, Wong Chuk Hang,
2012 “XXL State of Indonesia Art Jogja Contemporary”, Sangkring Art Space,
2012 "A Sing of Absence", Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2011 Art Stage Singapore 2011, Langgeng Gallery, Singapore
2011 Art Stage Singapore 2011, Cans Gallery, Singapore
2011 “Contemporary Landscape”, Lawang Wangi Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia
2011 ARTJOG 11, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011 “Ekspansi” by CG, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
2011 Bazaar Art Jakarta, Harper, Jakarta, Indonesia
2011 "Sein of Indonesia 1", Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Gajah Gallery 15th Anniversary, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2011 "Indonesia's Crouching Tigers and Hidden Dragons" at Mayfair, ArtSpace
Galleries, London, England
2010 "B A K A B A" by Sakato Art Community, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2010 "The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It", Grand Palais, Champs-
Elysées, Paris, France
2010 "My World, Your World, Our World", Wendt Gallery, New York, USA
2010 "Unity: The Return to Art" Wendt Gallery, New York, USA