By : JB Iwan Sulistyo
(Oil on canvas painting)
JB Iwan Sulistyo was born in Kudus, Central Java, a small town renowned for its clove cigarettes and situated some 50km away from Semarang. While still in elementary school, Iwan already showed signs of his passion for painting, beginning his debut by making numerous pictures of his favourite movie stars, of animals, and natural sceneries using color pencil, ball point pen and/or watercolors. His high-school years were spent in Semarang, where he participated in a drawing competition organized by the Gallendra Art Shop in 1970 and, there, for the very first time, came in touch with oil paints. He won First Prize, and has never stopped painting since.