Sudarso was born in 1914 in Purwokerto, Indonesia and died in 2006.

During the Dutch occupation, Sudarso like all Indonesian children were denied basic education let alone a chance to learn traditional art techniques.

Sudarso was destined to serve as labourer or delivery boy.

Fortunately, one of his deliveries of milk and eggs was to Affandi. Sudarso would sit for hours watching Affandi paint and later became his student.

Sudarso choose happy, simple and beautiful young women and girls as his subjects. He found such amazing beauty and intensity in women. He was most noted for his rendition of hands and feet. His still life too carried an aura of young beauty.

Sudarso’s paintings are extremely rare now after his death. He has been collected around the world and his works are in many museums.


Seated Woman
oil on canvas
120 x 76 cm

Still Life of a Vase of Flowers
oil on canvas
70 x 60 cm