Noviadi Angkasapura, untitled, 2014, ballpoint pen on paper, 21,6 x 33 cm, photo : Claudine Garcia, Atelier de numérisation – Ville de Lausanne Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Angkasapura, Noviadi, (1979), New Guinea
Noviadi Angkasapura was born in western New Guinea (the Indonesian side of the island of New Guinea). His parents, natives of Java, settled in this sparsely populated region, where they had two sons. At the age of twenty-two, Noviadi Angkasapura experienced a visit by a spirit enjoining him to draw: the latter's phrasing referenced the concepts of "patience" and "peace."
The spirit's presence inspired Angkasapura with a moral and spiritual realization, so that the act of drawing came to represent at once a prayer, a form of meditation and way to convey the messages sent by this spirit. This equation inspired Angkasapura to think of himself as a messenger: he makes no claim to understand or explain the content of his works. His creations depict strange and disturbing beings: imaginary animals and anthropomorphic creatures whose internal organs show through. Although deriving inspiration from various Indonesian and Asian iconographic traditions — the Javanese puppets and the Ramayana epic, for example — this creator's figures never stem directly from those sources: they come across as thoroughly original. For the most part, this creator works in ballpoint pen, lead pencil and colored pencil on small-sized paper. Today, Noviadi Angkasapura lives in Jakarta; he manages to make a living from his creative activity, and can thus look after his family.