However, once I found my consciousness in art, I decided to dig deeper which led me to opening the art gallery in 1997 with my wife, Mansri Trisniawati. It was a space for me to discover and give stage to unknown upcoming artists at the time, such as Pande Ketut Taman, Sujana Kenyem, Nyoman Masriadi and Putu Sutawijaya. A lot of these artists were Balinese born but went to art school outside of Bali. The gallery was a way for them to come back home and exhibit their works in Bali. As an architect, do you ever read design and architecture magazines? My wife and I travel a lot, so we are constantly inspired by all the great architecture around the world. We usually find magazines and books in our travel, especially architects and designers from the country we are visiting. What are your thoughts on the importance of renders in architecture today? Truthfully, I don’t really need it in the way we work. However it is important as a communication language so other people can understand buildings and ideas thoroughly. I use it to show my ideas to my builders and contractors.

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.

What was the last picture that you took with your smartphone camera; any story behind it? I took a moving picture (a video) of an outdoor dinner held at Komaneka at Keramas Beach. I love the sense of the space, combination of colors and materials, and the setting by the sea. I’ve envisioned this when we designed the space and it was great to see it come to life. As a native Balinese, do you feel the religion or spirituality has played a role on your work? Balinese ideals and spirituality has inspired my work through and through. Tri Hita Karana guides us towards harmonious design with nature, people and Gods. Through the story of Balinese architecture, including my mother and grandfather from her side who was a traditional architect (undagi) I learned about the value of Balinese architecture.

How do you motivate your staff? What do you think the most important aspect one should have to lead a company? We motivate through a sense of family and giving them roles and responsibilities. I always try to recognize when they make a good achievement. Understanding your staff is an important aspect to lead a company and make everybody feel that have an important role in the company. How do you want to be remembered? Simply as a good person who are able to empower people to their full potential.

the culture issue


September & october 2019

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