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Exhibition by painter with autism, intellectual disability held in Surakarta

Ganug Nugroho Adi

The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java  /  Sat, November 3, 2018  /  04:05 pm
  • Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's elephant paintings are currently on display at The Sunan Hotel Solo in Surakarta, Central Java.

    Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's elephant paintings are currently on display at The Sunan Hotel Solo in Surakarta, Central Java. OF JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's elephant paintings are currently on display at The Sunan Hotel Solo in Surakarta, Central Java.

  • Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's paintings are characterized by uneven strokes and pure vivid colors.

    Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's paintings are characterized by uneven strokes and pure vivid colors. OF JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Ivan Ufuq Isfahan's paintings are characterized by uneven strokes and pure vivid colors.

  • The exhibition also displays elephant print scarves.

    The exhibition also displays elephant print scarves. OF JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The exhibition also displays elephant print scarves.

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The Sunan Hotel Solo in Surakarta, Central Java, is currently hosting “Diffable Painting Exhibition by Ivan Ufuq Isfahan” until Nov. 13.

The exhibition showcases 30 elephant paintings by Ivan as well as elephant print scarves. The paintings are available for purchase at Rp 1,500,000 (US$99.20), while the scarves are on offer with a starting price of Rp 750,000.

The works focus on elephants as some of the proceeds from the paintings and scarves sales will be donated to elephant and rhinoceros conservation programs.

Ivan is the son of activist/painter Dewi Candraningrum. At the tender age of 18 months, he was diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability. Dewi then took Ivan to various therapies, including speech and behavioral therapy.

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Dewi said Ivan began to draw at the age of 3. “At 18 months old, Ivan already knew how to hold a pencil. Before turning 3, he started to draw everything he saw. Anywhere, anytime,” said Dewi.

Ivan has so far created more than 500 paintings. His paintings feature any objects he has seen directly or via television, varying from scenery, traffic jams, animals to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ivan's paintings are characterized by uneven strokes and pure vivid colors. The latter is known as fauvism style.

Previously, Ivan had also exhibited his works in Bentara Budaya Balai Soedjatmoko cultural space in Surakarta, Hotel Majapahit in Surabaya, East Java, and Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) in Central Jakarta. (jes/wng)

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