Basuki Abdullah (25 January 1915 - 5 November 1993), the naturalism and romanticism painter from Indonesia #AKSENpeople
At the age of only 4 years old, the son of Abdullah Suryo Subroto who was also a painter as well as the grandson of Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo who was considered as important person in the Indonesia National Awareness Movement in 1900, had already started to paint.
Basuki graduated from Academie Voor Beeldende Kunsten (Fine Art Academy) in Den Haag, Netherland with honour and awarded with the Royal International of Art (RIA) Certificate. He was then appointed and in charged as Formal Painter in Merdeka Palace, Jakarta.
In 1949, he got chance to paint Bung Hatta, Rahmi Hatta, Moh. Roem, and Sultan Hamid II during Round Table Conference in Den Haag, Netherland. Besides that, he won a Painting Competition which was held during the coronation of Queen Yuliana on September 6th, 1948 in Nieuw Kerk, Netherland.
Without his notice, he had brought and created good and positive image of Indonesia as a nation and country around the world. Furthermore, he had succeeded to reach the honourable position overseas, namely the Formal Thailand Royal Kingdom Painter and awarded with “Poporo” Gold Star from the Thailand King.
As his continuous efforts as professional and international painter becoming more clearly and firm, he was appointed to paint many kings, presidents, and other highest government officers. As a naturalist painter, he is capable to see the anatomy as the way it is, whilst as a romanticism painter, his paintings all represent their messages including the body language and the emotional side which they want to express.
Basuki Abdullah passed away on November 5th, 1993 at his own residence. He got killed by his employee – the gardener who tried to steal his valuable watch collections at early morning.