IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN
Master carver, dancer, and puppeteer
Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan is an internationally recognized wood carver, mask and puppet maker, dancer and puppeteer. His success has brought him to United States to work at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and the Sante Fe Folk Art Festival. Anom has conducted workshops in mask making, mask painting, and masked dance throughout the United States and Anom has a permanent mood mask exhibition at the San Francisco Exploratorium.
Born into a wood carving family in Mas village, Bali, Indonesia, Anom brings over 30 years of expertise into his work. Drawing on the teachings of generations of carvers who have come before him, Anom is well known for producing authentic and inspired masks, unparalleled by other mask carvers in Bali. His masks are collected by enthusiasts around the world (including royalty) and his work is quickly becoming some of the most sought after art coming from Bali, Indonesia.
For those wishing to meet the master, Anom can usually be found in his workshop in Bali, where he hand carves each of his works and teaches students from around the world in the art of mask making, wood carving, and puppet making. Stop by and meet Anom as he continues to carry on the legacy of authentic Balinese mask making passed down in his family.
Please see the press links below for more information on Anom's activities and work.
PRESS AND MEDIA LINKS:
Featured in the Washington Post , Washington Post #2
Featured in Folk Art Market , More at the Folk Art Market
Featured at the Experience Festival
*Astina Gallery is located in the heart of Mas village in Bali, Indonesia. Mas Village is known to be the center of mask making and woodcarving activities on the island. Astina Gallery was built in the 1970s by Ida Bagus Anom’s father, Ida Bagus Made Geria. During that time, Made Geria was a world famous masked dancer, shadow puppeteer and musician, and he created the gallery to support his family and the wood carving community of Mas village. In those days, it was not uncommon to enter Astina gallery and find dozens of men and women working on elaborate masks and carvings. Today, the Astina household still houses a vibrant carving community, but has also opened its doors to the rest of the world attracting hundreds of students each year.