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Dream of an Acehnese painter

  • Yenni Djahidin

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 18 2009   /  01:27 pm
Acehnese Machyar Mustafa Gleunta poses for a photograph in front of his painting of US President-elect Barack Obama, at his studio in Virginia. (JP/Yenni Djahidin)(JP/Yenni Djahidin)

The studio is as big as a garage.  It is located under a single family’s home in a quiet residential neighborhood in northern Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. 
In fact, it once was really a garage that was converted into a neat, but sparsely furnished room.  There is a big computer monitor, the only sign of high technology other than a cellular phone, and some paintings on the walls. 
Nothing else is special except for a big half-finished painting —a little too big for the room— that greets visitors when they entered the studio. The painting is an oil-on-canvas portrait of the next president of the United States of America. 
Acehnese Machyar Mustafa Gleunta poses for a photograph in front of his painting of US President-elect Barack Obama, at his studio in Virginia. (JP/Yenni Djahidin) “I was so inspired by Barack Obama’s s...