Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975) w as born in Solo City, Indonesia, and lives and works in Singapore. Trained as an architect, he spent his young adulthood in graphic design, and turned to art in his thirties. Widjaja’s childhood urban migration due to ethnic tensions, living apart from parents and rotating amongst stranger-families, informs his investigation into concerns regarding diaspora, hybridity, travel and isolation, often through an oblique, autobiographical gaze. The artistic outcomes are processual and conceptually-charged, ranging from drawings to photographs, installations and live art.
Recent accolades include: Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2015); ArtReview Asia FutureGreats (2014) selected by Louis Ho; Grand Prize (Sound Arts; with David Letellier), Bains Numeriques , France (2012); and First Prize, Land Transport Authority Art Competition Beauty World Station (2012).
The artist has received commissions for solo exhibitions from key institutions in Singapore — Singapore’s oldest independent art space The Substation as its its Visual Arts Open Call recipient (2012); Singapore’s largest art space the Esplanade (2014); and a forthcoming exhibition coinciding with the Singapore Biennale period at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2016). He has also shown in solo exhibitions at the Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film (2016), and the Gillman Barracks (2012 and 2014) with the Yellow River Arts Centre Singapore base and The U Factory respectively. He has shown in group exhibitions at the Barbican Centre, San Diego Art Institute, ArtJog 8, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, ArtScience Museum, Centrale Montemartini in Rome and the Museum of Sydney.