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Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo

Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo was born in Yogyakarta, on November 30th, 1932. He studied art in Sanggar Pelukis Rakyat (1947) and became the first generation of ASRI graduate which established in 1950. Later after he graduates, Sidharta initiated a Young Indonesian Painter Organization (Organisasi Pelukis Muda Indonesia/PIM) in Yogyakarta until he continues to study at Jan van Eyck Kunst Academie in Maastricht, Netherland on 1953 until 1956. He came back to Indonesia and became a lecturer in sculpture major at ASRI Yogyakarta and later joined the Faculty of Art and Design at ITB Bandung and founded the sculpture field in 1965. 

Throughout his entire career, Sidharta is also productively working as an artist and acknowledged as one of the prominent artists from Indonesia. His works comprise public projects to national monuments, such as the original planner of Citra Trophy design awarded to the winner of the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) and Garuda Pancasila statue at the Indonesian parliament building (DPR-MPR RI). Sidharta's also granted by "The best Painting Award” from the BMKN (Badan Musyawarah Kebudayaan Nasional) Academic in the Netherlands, The best Sculpture Award from DKJ (Dewan Kesenian Jakarta) in Sculpture Triennial Exhibition on 1986, and 2nd Asian Award for Culture in Singapore.