Born in Jakarta, 1960

Heri Dono was born in Jakarta (1960), studied at Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta, from which he deliberately dropped out just before graduation as he wanted to show that he could succeed as an artist without the certificate. He studied with the legendary Sukasman, who inspired him with the Javanese wayang. He resides in Yogyakarta, but is most of the time traveling, doing residencies or joining seminars elsewhere.

​He is the recipient of the Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development (1998), the Unesco Prize in 2000, and the Anugerah Adhikarya Rupa (Arts Award) from the Indonesian Government (2014).

He has joined in 270 exhibitions including 27 international biennales, among others the 50th Venice Biennale in the Arsenale's Zone of Urgency, Guangzhou Triennial (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2006 and 1995); Sharjah Biennial (2005); Taipei Biennial (2004); Venice Biennale (2003); Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 and 1993); Yokohama Triennial (2001); Havana Biennial (2000); Shanghai Biennale (2000); Sydney Biennale (1996); Sao Paolo Biennial (2004 and 1996).


Education : 1987-1988 : Studied Wayang KuIit with Sukasman in Yogyakarta, Indonesia | 1980-1987 : Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Solo Exhibition : 2019 : HERI  DONO, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea | ASIA NOW 2019, 9 Avenue Hoche,  Paris, France | WHEEL OF TRUTH, Srisasanti Syndicate Special Project  Booth, Art Moments Jakarta, Sheraton Grand Jakarta, Gandaria City,  Indonesia | SOLO EXHIBITION organized by The Columns Gallery, Art  Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong | 2018 : THEATER OF ANECDOTE, Srisasanti Syndicate Booth, Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Group Exhibitions (selected) : 2020 : S.E.A. FOCUS 2020, Booth A-16, Gillman Barracks Visual Arts Precinct,  Singapore | OPEN POSSIBILITIES: THERE IS NOT ONLY ONE NEAT WAY TO  IMAGINE OUR FUTURES, NTT InterCommunication Center ICC, Shinjuku, Tokyo,  Japan | 2019 : KIAF ART SEOUL  2019, The Columns Gallery, Booth A-79, Coex Hall A&B, Seoul, Korea |  Felix Art Fair, Roosevelt Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA | ART BUSAN 2019,  The Columns Gallery, Booth C-20, BEXCO Busan, Korea | CELEBRATION OF  COMPASSION, Srisasanti Gallery, Yogyakarta | SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art  from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine arts, Taiwan  | DUNIA DALAM BERITA, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia | 2018 : MAHANDINI, Sangkring Art Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia | ART EXPO  MALAYSIA, organized by Kohesi Initiatives of Srisasanti Syndicate,  Malaysia | ART BALI: BEYOND THE MYTHS, Bali Collection, Nusa Dua, Bali,  Indonesia.