Yuli Kodo

Artist Story
Born in the royal capital of Java, Yuli Kodo’s growing years was filled with richness of Yogyakarta’s cultural heritage and ancient pageantry. However over the years, urbanisation has led to the lost of not just green spaces but also places for children to be in touch with their culture.  In this series of work, Yuli presents traditional child’s play that is gradually disappearing. There are no playgrounds or wide front yard to engage in traditional games anymore, as people monetise their land and give their children video games as substitute for communal play. Cultural and public spaces that friends and families gather to bond have gradually made way for malls and commercial offices.


According to Yuli, we are now living in a world where people hide behind a ‘mask’ as we are connecting with each ever more so digitally and less so emotionally. And despite the growing connectivity, there is ironically greater alienation between people and their culture. Hence this signature element of people in white painted faces dominates most of the subjects in Yuli’s work.


As modernisation goes into hyper drive, more people are losing their sense of true self, and are presenting a masked persona at an ever-younger age. As one look upon Yuli’s work, this signature element began to add on new angles as one attempts to decipher the ‘masked’ message in each work.



1971 - Born Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
2010 - Group exhibition ”Matahari”, Taman Budaya Yogyakata, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2010 - Group exhibition “Paramitra”, Mondecor Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2010 - Group exhibition “Adapt! Adopt!”, Tujuh Bintang Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2010 - Participated in “Contemporaneity”, Indonesia Art Award Biennale, Indonesia
2010 - Group exhibition “Behind the Funny Make-Up”, Hadiprana Gallery, Jakarta
2010 - Group exhibition – “Science Art & Advocacy”, Galangan VOC, Jakarta, Indonesia
2010 - Art Charity Exhibition “Jogja Memang Istimewa” Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
2010 - Group exhibition “Re – Gold”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011 - Group exhibition “Negeri Pelangi”, Irish Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011 - Solo exhibition “Java Dvipantara”Hadiprana Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2012 - Group exhibition “Jogja Istimewa”, 100th HB.IX, Jogja National Museum
2012 - Group exhibition “We are Grateful – Unity in Diversity”, Hadiprana Gallery, Jakarta
2012 - Group exhibition “Martel Cognac”, Mulia Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
2012 - Group exhibition “Art For Solidarity” Galeri National Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013 - Group exhibition “Transavantgarde”, AJBS Gallery, Surabaya, Indonesia
2013 - Group exhibition “Sahabat Kartika”, Affandi Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 - Group exhibition “Go Back Gojeg”, SMSR Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 - Group exhibition “Ajining Merajut Kasih” Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 - Group exhibition “Wayang”, Hadiprana Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013 - Finalist for “UOB Painting of The Year”, Jakarta, Indonesia



2010 - Finalist of “Contemporaneity”, Indonesia Art Award Biennale
2013 - Finalist of “UOB Painting of the Year