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Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo

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

Throughout his entire career, Sidharta also productively worked as an artist and was acknowledged as one of the prominent artists from Indonesia. His works comprised from public projects to national monuments, such as the original planner of the Citra Trophy design awarded to the winners of the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI), and the Garuda Pancasila statue at the Indonesian parliament building (DPR-MPR RI). Sidharta was also granted 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 the Sculpture Triennial Exhibition in 1986, and the Second Asian Award for Culture in Singapore.