"I really wish to keep creating new designs and continuing the artistic legacy that I have inherited from my Balinese ancestors. This is how I value Bali's art and culture."
"I come from a family who has always loved Balinese art and culture. Two of my elder brothers are craftsmen, one of them specializing in carving horn. I began to carve wood statuettes when I was 15 years old, and one of my brothers taught me how to carve, sand and finish a piece. That was in 1974 and I was inspired by the work of the stone carvers. It just made me want to learn more and more and I have never stopped since.
"My favorite themes are Singa the lion, Ghili, Garuda the eagle, Sri Pudhak, Legong and Barong, which all are characters in Bali's traditional dances and performances. I love the mask dances as well, because the masks used are traditional characters taken from Bali's legends or stories.
"Over the years I have shown my statuettes in different art fairs. One time, when I was taking my work to the art fair in Denpasar, I went with my friends to a mall. It was the first time I had ever seen an escalator! I was so nervous about getting on this moving stairway that I fell down when I took my first step – you can imagine how everyone laughed!
"I really wish to keep creating new designs and continuing the artistic legacy that I have inherited from my Balinese ancestors. This is how I value Bali's art and culture.
"In 1977 I got married to a wonderful woman, Ni Nyoman Jati, who has been supporting my dream as an artist. We both have the same vision and mission to perpetuate Bali's art heritage. We are blessed with four daughters and a son, and three of them have finally finished their studies. We all live happily and peacefully in a small village, the place where I was born. I am the leader in the family as well as in my crafting team."
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