|Nirvana is the home of I Nyoman Suradnya, his wife Ni Wayan Rai Rupini and their son Putu Adi and daughter Kadek Santi.
Nyoman was born in Ubud and is a painter who works in three main media : batik, oil and water colour. He began studying in Yogyakarta, but being a bit of a maverick he found himself in confkict with some of the academics there and decided to develop in his own unique way. Although firmly rooted in the Balinese tradition Nyoman has always been open to otherinfluences which he blended into his own art.
His works record aspects of daily life in Bali, scenes that can be witnessed in homes, markets, temples and villages throughout the island.
He has also been artist-in residence at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney and Toorak College, Melbourne, and lectured at John Kennedy Hall, Guam University, on “The Connection Between Art, Religion, Traditional and Culture in Modern Balinese Society.”
Nyoman has exhibited extensively in Bali and abroad in Australia, Italy, Guam, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland.
Besides his painting Nyoman feels and acts passionately to conserve the culture and physical well-being of Ubud and its surroundings. He was instrumental in setting up the Ubud Tourist Information and its information sheet Napi Orti which was banned by the Suharto government for fear it might disseminate unfavourable information.
Encouraging his fellow villages to beautify Ubud resulting in Ubud winning an award in 1982, 1984 and 1986 for the Most Beautiful Village in Indonesia. Producing information booklets explaining adat (local law and customs) aimed at tourists visiting ceremonies that take place from time to time.
While you are in Bali, call in at his studio and meet this larger than life personality. Wander around his gallery and view his work, and with a bit of luck he may have time to share some of his life philosophy with you. If you are inspired by the idea of learning the techniques of batik painting, he is also willing to impart some of these techniques and other artistic skill he has developed over the years as a practicing artist.
|Exhibitions of Nyoman’s work have been staged in Bali as well as abroad :
1975 Aladdin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1977 Galerie de Geneva, Milan, Italy
1982 Arts & Crafts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
1982 Waverly Municipal Library, Sydney, Australia
1983 Puri Lukisan, Ubud Museum of Art, Bali
1983 Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Bali
1984 Bali Oberoi Hotel, Bali
1985 ISLA Centre of the Arts, Guam University, USA
1989 Tanjung Sari Hotel, Bali
1990 Gallery Balance, Osaka, Japan
1991 Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
1993 Casa Luna Gallery, Ubud, Bali
1995 Ibah Gallery, Ubud, Bali
1996 Ibu Rai Gallery, Ubud, Bali
1998 Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali
2001 Kokos Club Gallery, Ubud, Bali
2002 Dewangga Gallery, Ubud - Bali
2004 Cafe Fleischli, Zurich, Switzerland
Rai is also a native of Ubud, having been born in the village of Taman Kaja, just north of the main road. She qualified as a pharmacist but decided her talents lay elsewhere and she started trading in the market also taking piles of sarongs on her bicycle all the way to Padang Bai to sell to tourists arriving on the cruise ships.
She now owns four shops, one in the market, two along the main street and one in Hanoman Street, where she sells a variety of handcrafted items and textiles from all over Indonesia, as well as gold and silver jewellery.
She now owns four Her collection of old batik sarongs and kain is unique to Ubud. The joint efforts of Nyoman and Rai have made Nirvana what it is today.
Their son, Putu Adi, gained his economics degree at University in Yogyakarta in 2004 and is now employed in hotel management in Ubud. His passion is Moto GP and he weill never miss a race on TV.
Daughter Kadek Santi is still in high school and an enthusiastic and accomplished dancer and musician. She regularly performs at several venues in the Ubud area and is often invited to dance at temple festivals as far away as Kintamani.