Maharani Mancanagara is an Indonesian artist who lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. Maharani was born in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia in 1990. Graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Faculty of Art and Design, majoring in printmaking studio (2013). Primarly working in the mediums of printmaking, mixed media and drawing.

She has participated in a number of group exhibitions presenting emerging Indonesian artists since the past couple of years. In 2013 she received the Soemardja Award #3 from Soemardja Gallery, and she was nominated for Indonesia Art Award 2013 and 2015. In 2014, she was nominated for Young Artist Award from Art Show Busan – South Korea. In 2015, she was nominated for Bandung Contemporary Art Award #4.

Her works explores Indonesia’s history, ancient time to present, based on her personal and family experiences. Taking her personal background, Maharani grew her interest upon visualizing the long history of education in Indonesia–a part of history left on artifacts from her late grandfather’s possessions. Based on the aforementioned perspective, Maharani then aimed to express these belongings to a work of art, a path she took in identifying herself which she hopes could provide recognition for a larger sphere of people with similar background.



  • 2008-2013 
    • Bandung Institute of Technology
      Faculty of Art and Design,majoring Printmaking Studio, Bandung, Indonesia


  • 2013 
    • Finalist, Gudang Garam - Indonesia Art Award, Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia, Galeri
      Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • 1st Prize, Soemardja Award, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung - Indonesia
  • 2014 
    • Finalist, BEXCO Young Artist Award, Art Show Busan,Busan – South Korea
  • 2015 
    • Finalist, Gudang Garam - Indonesia Art Award, Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia, Galeri
      Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Finalist, Bandung Contemporary Art Award #4, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung -


  • 2014 
    • Education in Indonesia before Independence, Personal research on Arsip Nasional
      Republik Indonesia (Indonesian National Archiving), Jakarta – Indonesia (still going)
    • 89+ Indonesia, long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by
      Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or
      after 1989, Bandung – Indonesia (still going)
  • 2016 
    • Memoar Buru, Personal research on Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (Indonesian National
      Archiving), assisting Indonesia historian Asvi Wamar Adam, Jakarta – Indonesia (still going)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 
    • Historia Docet, Historia Vitae Magistra, D Gallerie, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • A.S.A.P, G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
    • Redraw II : Discovery, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • Constituent Concreteness, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
    • Kolektif Kolegial, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta – Indonesia
    • Kecil Itu Indah, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta - Indonesia
    • Art Mosphere, Galleries Laffayette, Pacific Place, Jakarta - Indonesia
    • Art Stage Jakarta – Bale Project, Ballroom Sheraton Hotel, Gandaria City, Jakarta –
  • 2015 
    • Aku Diponegoro, National Gallery, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • Contemporary Alternative, Ar+otel, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • Connection, Commemorative 60 years of Asian African Conference, Rumah Seni
      Sarasvati, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Void, Langgeng Gallery, Magelang-Indonesia
    • Artmoments Jogja, Jogja National Museum, Jogjakarta-Indonesia
    • Langkah Kepalang Dekolonisasi, National Gallery Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Art Sneakers by Bazaar Art Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta - Indonesia
    • Pameran Gagasan : Getok Tular Omni Space, Bandung - Indonesia
    • Bardo, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • New Future, Art1 New Museum, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Friend’s and Family, ROH Projects, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Gudang Garam Indonesia Art Award - Respublica, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Bandung Contemporary Art Award #4, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung –
    • Jerman Fest :Market Share, Pameran Seni di Pasar Tebet Timur Jakarta - Indonesia
    • SHOUT! Mapping Melbourne 2015, Melbourne - Australia
  • 2014 
    • Arte Indonesia 2014, Regenerasi, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • BEXCO Young Artist Award, Art Show Busan 2014, Busan-South Korea
    • Detournement, Duo- Solo Exhibition, ROH Projects, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • When in Bali do Like the Balinese do, Kendra Artspace, Bali – Indonesia
    • Indonesia Sekarang, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Korea International Art Fair 2014, COEX Hall A&B, Seoul – South Korea
    • Art Tech by Art Dept and Samsung, Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • Bandung New Emergence vol. 5, Selasar Sunaryo Artspace, Bandung – Indonesia
    • Symbol, Spirit, Culture, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia
  • 2013 
    • Indonesia Art Award 2013, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • Bandung Contemporary : Disposition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Stepping Into The Light, Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, Jakarta – Indonesia
    • SPOT ART, MICA Building, Singapore
    • Soemardja Award, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung – Indonesia
    • Lima Pembuka Tabir, Roemah Seni Sarasvati, Bandung – Indonesia
  • 2012 
    • Ranah Bertabur Kreasi, MEDCO, Jakarta-Indonesia
    • Design Statement : A Design Weekend, Industrial design exhibition, dia.lo.gue artspace,
    • The Billboard Art Project, digital LED billboards exhibition, Salem, Oregon-USA
    • 15x15x15 Mini Art Project #4 : Mind Eye Perception, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung-
    • Atlanta Billboard Art Project, digital LED billboards exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia-USA
  • 2011 
    • LongliveMilosundae, tribute to Anggi A Sundahdjada, GaleriSoemardja, Bandung-
    • Festival GrafisBerseni : Reframing Printmaking, Lawangwangi Art and Science Estate,
      Bandung- Indonesia
  • 2010 
    • KompasMuda- Green Living, Campus centre ITB, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Museum Masa Depan, PasarSeni ITB 2010, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Penang International Print Exhibition 2010 (PIPE 2010), Penang State Museum Art and
      Gallery, Penang-Malaysia
    • Convenient Store, E’sp Gallery, Center Culture France, Bandung-Indonesia
    • 15x15x15 Mini Art Project #3 : Recreate x Reality x Represent, Galeri Soemardja,
    • Benang Hitam, Galeri Kita, Bandung-Indonesia
  • 2009 
    • We Hail We Sail : Jodi in The Morning Glory Parade, Galeri Kita, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Cerita Benda, KGB Alternative Room-FSRD ITB, Bandung-Indonesia
    • Titik, Gedung Serba Guna ITB, Bandung-Indonesia