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(Meet the Artist) Maslihar: ART is Sharing Happiness

I have known Maslihar for years, and sometimes visit his home , located about some fifteen minutes drive from the city of Yogyakarta. He has dedicated his life to the art world and creates beautiful pieces. Few days ago I visited him again.

Maslihar and his artwork

He chose to study art at SMSR after junior high school. Initially it was because he did not want to be an engineer. Yet after graduating from SMSR, he decided to be professional artist. He then continued his study at Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI) in Yogyakarta.

Maslihar is having fun with vibrant colors

He describes his art consists of decorative and abstract figurative. He engraves his piece of work with some vibrant and bright colors to create more lively pieces that will give positive feelings to him and people who see them. He believes that his artworks are prayers, that these could make good things happened. He added that at least an art is entertaining. He defines art as sharing happiness and art delivers message from the artist to the world.

Maslihar with one of his recent works

Maslihar uses various material for his works, such as pencils and thick paint. His current works are more into pop art that also can be enjoyed for young people. He is still very active making more entertaining and happy pieces and share them to the world through exhibitions up today.

His home and studio are located some minutes apart. If you are art lovers or collectors interested to join Yogyakarta Fine Art Tour and visit Maslihat aka Panjul, feel free to contact us.

YOGYAKARTA: INDONESIA CAPITAL OF ART

Yogyakarta known as the city of education and city of culture. And it is also the barometer of Indonesia art and as well Asia leading art center. Yogyakarta has some well-known art festivals that makes it the destination to art lovers, collectors and gallerist from around the world. Music, drama, fine art and other forms of arts are developing and evolving in this city. There are some great artists from Yogyakarta that are already well noted in the artworld such as Affandi, Bagong Kusudiarjo, and WS Rendra.

The atmosphere of art in Yogyakarta has very deep root that drives the handicrafts industry. Its handicraft products have been marketed to other regions in Indonesia or for foreign market.

ARTJOG is the biggest art event in Indonesia. Artlovers, artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and art critics flock too Yogyakarta for this event. It is held usually around July-August when galleries and art centers have art-related activities such as exhibition, dance performance, music performance, film screening, workshop and discuss

Art lovers, artists and collectors are beginning to flock to Yogyakarta for Jogja Art Weeks. The annual event held every May and June sees local galleries and art centers simultaneously holding art-related activities such as exhibitions, art performances, music performances, film screenings, discussions and art workshops.

Pictures: Kapas Biru Waterfall

Kapas Biru Waterfall seen from a far after about 30 minutes trekking from the parking area.
There are some vegetations grow at the waterfall area, such as bamboo, ferns and other plants like caladium and various grass.
The waterfall is massive and the shape resembles a horsetail. We can hear the beautiful roar of the water, the mist flying and the cold breeze.
And this waterfall is a great place to take picture. Definitely recommended place to visit in Indonesia.

What to do in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara

I personally interested in nature and culture that when visit a new place i will see the unique nature and maybe meet the locals. And this is what i did while i was visiting Bima:

MUSEUM ASI MBOJO
This museum was once sultan palace and since 1989 functioned as museum. In the museum we can see various artifacts and informations of Mbojo. There is a room which was once used as the chamber of President Soekarno when He visited Bima. 

OLD WOODEN MOSQUE
There some old mosques in Bima and one of the oldest is Kalodu Mosque. It has been renovated in the 2000s and the view from this mosque area is magnificent. 

WEAVING VILLAGE
In this village we can see women working on the loom making Bima traditional textile. The pattern of the woven is geometric triangle, square and the base textile color is black. You can also purchase the woven to bring back home. 

ROYAL CEMETERY
The view from this cemetery is beautiful, as it is located about 60 meters above the sea level, on a hill called Danataraha. There are 15 old tombs in the area. And one of them is the tomb of Sultan of Bima died in the 1640. 

UMA LENNGE , Traditional Village
This village is located a little bit far from Bima city about 30 minutes drive. the village still preserves traditional architecture of the barn house.  The house was designed that the mouse can not climb the wooden pillar. 

BIMA SEAFOOD AND CULINARY
This place opens morning to 10 PM. We can enjoy local menus, and especially seafood. The place is located nearby the sea that we can enjoy conversation with friends and also feel the sea breeze. 

PICTURES: Lake Satonda and Mt Tambora

Spring on the foot of Mt Tambora which is located on the beach. You will be passing this spring water on the way from Bima to Mt Tambora.
Mt Tambora Basecamp
Labuan Barat Beach, where visitors can rent boat to sail to Satonda Island
Lake Satonda is located about 30 minutes sailing by boat from Labuan Barat Beach, located in the middle of Satonda Island. You can visit this salty lake after climbing Mt Tambora.
Tree of hope on the banks of Lake Satonda where visitors hang rocks and pray for their hopes come true.

Pictures: Waterfalls of Tawangmangu Area

Grojogan Sewu Waterfall: This waterfall is the biggest and the most popular waterfall in Tawangangu. There are two options to access the waterfall, short easy path and the little harder through hundreds of steps.
Traveler pose with Grojogan Sewu Waterfall.
Jumog Waterfall: this small twin waterfall is another option where you can also enjoy inexpensive local food. It just takes few minutes walk from the parking area.
Parang Ijo Waterfall: more quiet waterfall , smaller yet you will enjoy the farm enroute to the waterfall. The location is nearby the old temple.
Farmers are planting vegetable en-route Parang Ijo Waterfall soft trek.
View of Tawangmangu Area, sunset time was such an amazing time here.
Farms and houses at Tawangmangu. You can also enjoy this kind of view by having light bite at some restaurants nearby the streets.

PICTURES: Sukuh Temple and Cetha Temple, shrines on quiet mountain.

Sukuh Temple: The front side of the temple is a gate-like building with the shape resembles a pyramid.
Sukuh Temple: Beautiful relief on the other side of the temple, a creature with wings.
Sukuh Temple: In inner building which is still intact with some big statues such as turtle and garudeya.
Cetha Temple: The erotic relief at Cetha Temple
Cetha Temple: The Gate of Cetha Temple, where we can take a picture with stunning backdrop, without long queu

(PICTURES) Watu Purbo Waterfall : A Hidden Beauty in Yogyakarta

A local friend asked me to go together to a new place known by locals only. I did not expect to see this relaxing and rejuvenating place nearby. But viola, it is an amazing place to go during weekend. And if you visit Borobudur Temple you can also stop by at this place.

This waterfall is called Watu Purbo Waterfall, which is a man made waterfall, it is a cascades consists of 6 blocks waterfall. The name derives from the big rocks (watu in Javanese) that were already there since very long time (purbo : in Javanese). It was originally built in 1975 for cold lava of Mt Merapi to flow over .

It takes about 10-15 minutes walk descend to reach the best spot to view the falls. It is suitable for family destination. The best time to visit is during rainy season, when the waterfalls look best , yet must avoid during very heavy rain.