|name : I
: Dec. 31st.
place : Mas
||Dewi Ratih sculpture got First Prize on Porseni
Desa Mas art exhibition
||The 18th Bali Art Festival at Art Centre Bali
||The 22nd Bali Art Festival at Art centre Bali
||Group Exhibition at Musium Puri Lukisan Ratna Warta, Ubud
||Group exhibition "Art and Culture exhibition"
at Griya Wana Giri Mas
Group exhibition "Leha lehah" at Bidadari Art Gallery, Mas - Ubud
||Group exhibition "Pre Binalle Bali"
at Bidadari Art Gallery, Mas Ubud
Group exhibition "Kayunin Kayun" which cooperated by Bidadari Art Gallery at
Hadi Prana Gallery, Jakarta
Group exhibition three countries "Sha A Ya, The Roots of Asia" at Bidadari Art
Gallery, Mas-Ubud, Bali
comment from BIDADARI :
Geledih was born on December 31st, 1962 in Mas
Village, Bali. He relates that his early interest in the world of carving
art came from his own
home, which also functioned as a carving workplace Looking at several
pieces of wood that haven't they are dead wood. Very soon , through
Geledih expertise, a piece of wood that one could never guess what
form it will take, will be transformed into something alive, and totally
captivating. In fact, often Geledih himself has a hard time releasing
finished work to go to a buyer.
He comes from a simple farmer family, Geledih and his brothers, from
a young age, were often tasked with caring for the family ducks by
his parents. Many of Mas's young people also were duck herders in those
As well as having a strong personal aptitude himself, he was also influenced
by the active carving community in his area, and Geledih began honing
his carving art from the early age of ten. In the beginning Geledih
didn't have much sell confidence. But the sale of his first carving
- he doesn't remember how much he sold it for that the time became
an important starting point. "I was very happy at that time, from then
on my longing to learn had no blocks", he said excitedly.
At the age 15, around 1987 until 1988, he worked and studied with Ida
Bagus Tilem. "I started from zero, I was treated like a new student
I had to study as if I had never done a wood carving before. I started
to study making a Buddha carving from a small coconut, and each successive
stage was difficult and complicated".
Regarding this difficult work, Geledih remembers the message of his
teacher, "if I am a strict and hard teacher to you, it is only because
I like you. It was no different than when I play my favorite drum.
Sitting it on my lap, I beat it until I get the desired tone. Thus
you will gain much more skill than someone who does things the normal,
easy way", says Geledih, remembering Gus Tilem with eyes lost in faraway
At eleven years, Geledih sharpened his abilities under the guidance
of this teacher, who called him a "genius". He had found a strength
in himself that he hadn't ever been aware of. He went on his own in
1998, continuing to bring increased freedom and creativity to his work,
proving his ability to a wide public. "Now I wholeheartedly realize
that all that my teacher said was true. My work with wood (kayu) is
strengthened with sincerity (kayun). Unity of self, heart, and feelings
with the wood is important so that we can work the wood with respect,
love and earnestness, and thus can bring out the best possible pureness
of expression and a spirit that attracts people to love and admire
our work", says Geledih, the gifted and ever-determined artist.
|art works :
|| "Waiting Sweet Heart"