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FX Harsono: Testimonies through art

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 27 2010   /  08:27 am

Courtesy of FX Harsono
When prominent artist FX Harsono’s father sent his son away from Blitar to Yogyakarta in 1969 to pursue a higher education, he thought his son would study engineering. Little did he know Harsono had other plans for his future: To paint. “I lied to my father,” Harsono recalled. “He didn’t approve of me studying art,” he said. Besides enrolling into a technology institute, Harsono was also accepted into then newly established art school STSRI ASRI. Having a huge urge to paint and learn about the arts, he entered both schools, but lasted only three months in the technology one. “A year later, I finally told [my parents] and they had to willy-nilly accept my decision,” he said. “My father said: ‘Do as you wish, you’re an adult’.” A brave decision to make, Harsono knew he was to endure a trying experience as a struggling artist. His determin...