Syaiful’s vibrant artwork are essentially landscapes of the psyche of society.
His work portrays a view of mass culture beyond the famous faces we easily recognize, and instead comments on the force behind this collective consciousness. It is through the coalescence of millions of differing concepts from millions of different people that these celebrated figures remain alive as a myth within our collective mind. Syaiful’s artwork extends this notion, to remind us not only of the individual behind the mass culture myth, but also draws attention to individuality itself.
With a view from above, these bustling images evoke powerful notions of ‘sonder’- a term used to describe the realization that each random passerby is living life as vivid and complex as your own. While depicting each of his delicate figures with this undeniable individuality, Syaiful is also commenting on an individual’s contribution to something bigger and greater than one’s self; our own and contribution to the history of humanity.
Trained at the Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Syaiful has established himself as one of the most talented and exciting artists to emerge from the contemporary Indonesian art scene. His comments on mass culture and collective myth has won him both numerous art awards and substantial critical acclaim. Syaiful’s creative nature and intense interest in human subjects as the main focal point of his work has resulted in artwork that is both outstandingly innovative and exceptionally eye-catching.
His control of texture and detail through smooth, fine brushstrokes create a striking portrayal of these iconic figures. His unique outline and illusion of a universally renowned and celebrated figure, coupled with Syaiful’s defined technique, has had an enormous impact in the contemporary Indonesian Art scene and continues to inspire awe through his emerging Australian audience.