The Prestige Preservator

Text: Billianto Bagus Photos courtesy of: Koman Wahyu Suteja

A talented architect with penchant for preserving Balinese contemporary art, Koman Wahyu Suteja is more than just a successful entrepreneur. The founder of Komaneka Resorts spoke to us about his passion, zeal and importance of spirituality Born and raised from a family who owns a prestigious museum, Koman Wahyu Suteja stepped out of his comfort zone to create his own (incredible) imprint on Balinese world of contemporary art. He evolved the famous Neka Art Museum into Komaneka Gallery, while establishing a series of upscale resorts throughout Ubud. With Hellobali, Mr. Koman sheds several interesting bits about his life; from his background as an avid architect, his effort to preserve the island’s artistic masterpiece to the last picture snapped with his smartphone. Check them out on interview below! What do you think about Bali’s contemporary art nowadays? Which new artist that catches your attention? The contemporary art scene is Bali is always developing and changing, though not in the same speed as before. It takes a lot for artists to be successful, as the situation of the art world is tough and difficult. That is why those who survive are thoughtful painters who is able to explore their practice seriously. My favourite artist A new artist in our gallery is I Ketut Susasana who is from Tabanan, Bali. We have a couple of his paintings in the gallery. I like his new perspective of Balinese landscape paintings with interesting subject matter. Tell us a bit about Komaneka Gallery, what inspires you to build it, and what’s its role in Bali’s art and culture preservation? I was born surrounded by art; there were artworks on the wall of my bedroom, my sibling bedroom, living room and all part of the house. Those artworks later became part of Neka Art Museum collection. It was always in the background of my life.

the culture issue


September & october 2019

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