I Ketut Madra (1 Oct 1940–)

Born in Pengosekan in October 1940, the fourth of eight children, Ketut Madra, son of a gender wayang musician, began learning the wayang legends by the time he was four, accompanying his father to wayang kulit performances at temple and family ceremonies. Madra received his earliest painting lessons from his older cousin Dewa Putu Sugi, At age 18, he moved to Peliatan where he studied wayang painting with Cokorda Oka Gambir, who was also the teacher of I Gusti Ketut Kobot. Ever since then, his painting has focused on capturing the essential moments of the great Hindu-Buddhist stories integral to Bali's religious traditions. Madra's paintings grace the major temples of Peliatan and Pengosekan and the sanggah of his banjar and in the homes of family and friends. Several of his temple paintings are included in Sacred Painting in Bali by Thomas L. Cooper. His work has also been exhibited in Bali, Jakarta, England, Japan, and the USA, and is in private collections on four continents. The 2013 exhibition "Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting" at Ubud's Museum Puri Lukisan included 35 of his works, painted between 1972 and 2013. A longer biographical essay appears in the catalog of that exhibition and at KetutMadra.com.

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I Dewa Putu Sugi (1931–)
Teacher: I Dewa Putu Sugi (1931–)