Yuli Prayitno is known for his assemblages of various found objects combined with his own creations. Painstakingly, Yuli shapes, joins, arranges and carves surfaces and materials, preferring to be in control at every stage of the creative process. In doing so, he strives to find an interactive quality expressed through the material that resonates with his audience, shedding light on the larger issues impacting community. Using different objects as symbols: matchsticks are metaphors for people, ears represent obedience to the voice of authority voice and the heart illustrates love, regardless of the surrounding circumstance. Appropriating universal symbols offers Yuli an effective means to communicate with his own generation, a generation faced with increased isolation from one another.
Born 1974 in Bandung, Yuli Prayitno was exposed to the sculptural craft since birth through his father's profession as a ceramist. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Art at Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta from 1993 to 2001. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta.
Yuli has held solo shows at Nadi Galeri, Jakarta (2009) and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2005). The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, including Hong Kong Art Fair (2012); ArtJog12, Yogyakarta (2012); ArtStage Singapore (2012); Christian Hosp Gallery, Berlin (2011); Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2010) and CP Open Biennale, Jakarta (2003).