2019 UOB Painting of the Year

Welcome Perdamaian, Goodbye Kedengkian (Welcome Peace, Goodbye Hostility)

2019 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year

UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Anagard
Title: Welcome Perdamaian, Goodbye Kedengkian (Welcome Peace, Goodbye Hostility)
Medium: Stencil spray paint on aluminium
Size (cm): 176 x 95.5

Cultural diversity is not a new or imported concept. It is a reality that has existed since the time of our ancestors. For Indonesians, the concept of diversity is expressed in the slogan “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, found in the ancient Javanese tome by Mpu Tantular in the Majapahit era in the 14th century.

The artwork is inspired by the house of prayer in Rhema Hill, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, which is a symbol for peace and unity among people of various faiths and groups. The technique and materials used in creating the artwork are often seen in murals with spray paint on city walls. This artwork unveils the meaning of love and peace within diversity, above all differences.

Artist’s Bio



Mr Anagard graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is active in various group exhibitions both locally and internationally, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Belgium and Australia. He received several mentions, namely Finalist of the Indonesia Art Award 2013, Finalist of the Jakarta Art Award International Painting Competition, 2012 and Finalist of the Neo Nation, Yogyakarta Biennale IX, Indonesia, 2007.