For over three decades, Nasirun has created painting, sculptures and installations that examine the application and reinterpretation of tradition in contemporary Indonesian art. As a child, he was fond of the traditional Javanese wayang kulit (leather puppet theatre) and incorporates stylistic and cultural aspects of the craft in his own work. Nasirun's paintings can be understood as caricatures or fables grounded upon traditional values: to remember one's origins and to be aware of one's own future. Complexity in palette and subject is consistent throughout Nasirun's work, however, the composition can serve to stablise the viewer, offering a window into the expressive stories that are intrinsic to Javanese tradition.
Born 1965 in Cilacap, Nasirun studied at the High School of Fine Arts and the Indonesia Institute of Fine Arts Yogyakarta (ISI) from which he graduated in 1994. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta.
His solo exhibitions have been held across Indonesia in galleries such as, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta (2009), Nadi Gallery, Jakarta (2003) and the Galeri Nasional Indonesia (2000) which coincided with the publication of Nasirun: Ojo Ngono. His works have been the subject of various group exhibitions at venues such as Garis ArtSpace, Magelang (2012); ArtJog, Yogyakarta (2012), MOCA, Beijing (2011); Syang Art Space, Magelang (2010); Bentara Budaya, Jakarta (2009) and the Biennale Jogja X (2009). He has participated in many exhibitions and received the McDonald's Award in 1996 and was among the ten best in the Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards in 1997.