Jumaldi Alfi

Jumaldi Alfi (b.1973) is a cofounder and member of Jendela Art Group – Indonesia's most prominent contemporary art collective. In its early days in the mid-1990s, far from socio-political themes and technical sophistication, the group attracted attention with works displaying extreme simplicity, oscillating between meaningless doodles and the contrast of formalism, drawing exclusively on minimal visual elements of line, color and texture. In 2010, Alfi co-founded the artist collective Office for Contemporary Art International in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Alfi is particularly known for his compelling personal iconography of visual signs, reflecting existential and spiritual experience in both, on an individual and collective level. In creating his comprehensive painting series such as Blackboard Paintings or, more recently, the series of Melting Memories, Alfi draws on a scope of references, from text to empirical objects of the natural world to Renaissance paintings as well as his own memories. This makes his work simultaneously mysterious and intimate.

Alfi studied at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta until 1999. He has participated in several art fairs including Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore and Shanghai Art Fair.

He lives and works in Yogyakarta, and has exhibited extensively in Indonesia as well as internationally.


Blackboard Series - Footnote 0516
Blackboard Series - Footnote 0717
Jumaldi Alfi - Renewal #8
Jumaldi Alfi - Een Prachting Landscape #4
Jumaldi Alfi - Colour Guide Series “Blur”, 2007
Jumaldi Alfi - Colour Guide 1, 2007
Melting Memories, Rereading Landscape, Mooi Indies #3, 2013
Read (Homage Nightswimmer), 2007