Every artist follows their own journey to find their calling. Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo found his through experimenting with resin. Rejecting the paintbrush in favour of direct application with his hands, Arin, who earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 2005, gradually moved on to industrial methods. In 2008, his impatience with the prolonged drying time of oil paint, led him to experiment with pigmented resin. He now uses synthetic resins to cast sleek, futuristic objects, combining the traditional and contemporary significance of this material with the aesthetic heroism of abstract expressionism.
The son of senior artist Sunaryo, Arin was the first Indonesian artist to have his artwork displayed in the permanent collection at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. This year, Arin enchanted art lovers from around the world with his solo exhibition that combined resin as the binding-agent with different kinds of food pigments, like spices, dyed food, milk powder, and even instant noodles. As one of the nation’s rising young artists, Arin is definitely one not to be missed.