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Born in Jakarta 1946. He is an In­done­sian painter who for a long time has re­side in Brazil. At a very young age, young Tio Tjay en­joy study­ing Chi­nese paint­ing and cal­lig­ra­phy. His talent for art was al­ready sensed by peo­ple at youth. In 1967 he im­mi­grated to South Amer­i­can with his fam­ily. He held many exhibitions, from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and even Paraguay. In 1971 till 1975 he resided in Manaus, cap­i­tal of the Ama­zon. It is Ama­zon Rain­for­est that re­ally in­spire him to draw paint­ing about na­ture. In 1976, he moved back to São Paulo and par­tic­i­pate in the ex­hi­bi­tion of Bienal Na­cional de São Paulo. 1980's was a great decade for Tio Tjay. He was in­vited to join an ex­hi­bi­tion in Italy which was held in Naples for a cul­tural re­la­tion­ship be­tween Brazil and Italy. A few years later, he was again in­vited to Tukuyama, Ja­pan for a col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion. And in the same year, he re­turned to In­done­sia and worked in his birth coun­try.tio Tjay's strong paint­ing is af­fected by the Latin colours that was dom­i­nant in Brazil. In In­done­sia, he cre­ated unique style of art pieces by com­bin­ing the brave colours of Latin, with an ori­en­tal style.


(Basel, Switzer­land, 1942. He moved to Am­s­ter­dam, the Nether­lands in 1964, stud­ied in paint­ings and graphic art at the Ger­rit Ri­etveld Academy (1965 – 1967) and con­tin­ued to Ri­jks Academie voor Beeldende Kun­sten (1967 – 1969). He fre­quently vis­its In­done­sia es­pe­cially Bali and works in­ten­sively in the is­land since 1997. He re­ceived awards from the Urio Prijs (1969), Willink van Collen Prijs (1971), Jeanna Bieruma Oost­ing Prijs (1974) and Arti Medaille (1987). From 1980 – 1988 he was pro­fes­sor at the Na­tional Academy of Fine Arts (Ri­jks Academie voor Beeldende Kun­sten) in Am­s­ter­dam where he taught draw­ing and paint­ing. He held solo exhibitions and par­tic­i­pated in group exhibitions in Europe, USA, Sin­ga­pore, and In­done­sia. His works are in the col­lec­tion of the Nether­lands state, St­edelijk Mu­seum Am­s­ter­dam, City Coun­cil of Am­s­ter­dam, Duta Fine Art Mu­seum, Jakarta, Neka Mu­seum, Bali and pri­vate col­lec­tions in the Nether­lands, Switzer­land, Italy, etc.

Tio Tjay, “Grand Har­vest”, Oil on can­vas: 110 x 180 cm

Paul Husner, “Cer­e­mo­nial Tem­ple Ar­round Batur Lake” 2010, oil on can­vas: 80 x 140 cm

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