Born, Banyumas, 15 May 1943

1962 – 1969
 BFA, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia
1974 -1975 Further study of marble sculpting, Carrara, Italy

Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • 2013     aestuarium, Equator Art Projects, Singapore
  • 2012     Seamless Points: One Vision, Many Perspectives, Ciptadana Art Program and Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia•
  • 2010     Titik Bumiku, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2009     Puisi Lubuk Mimpi, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2008     Poetry of Inner Dreams, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
  • 2001     Titik Gamang, Rumah Seni R-66, Bandung, Indonesia
    A Stage of Metamorphosis, Circle Point Art Space, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2000     Puisi Titik Putih, Decorous, Jakarta Design Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1999     Batu Melangkah Waktu, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 1998     Titik Nadir, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 1977     Print Works, Chase Manhattan Bank, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1975     Paintings Exhibition, Carrara, Italy
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2012 Flight for Light: Indonesian Art and Religiosity, Art: 1, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Re.claim, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    A Tribute to Mentor, Tribakti Hall, Magelang, Indonesia
  • 2011 9 Lives +, The 10th Anniversary of Canna Gallery, Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1001 Doors Re-Interpreting Traditions, Ciputra World Marketing Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2010 No Direction Home, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2009 Middlebare Akte, Gallery Soemardja, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2008 Manifesto, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2007 The 22th Asian International Art Exhibition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2006 Masa Lalu Masa Lupa, Rumah Seni Cemeti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    The 21th Asian International Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • 2005 Summit Event Bali Biennale Exhibition 2005, Arma Museum of Art, Bali, Indonesia
    The 20th Asian International Art Exhibition, Ayala Museum, Manila, Filipina
    Generation of 60s, Galeri Cipta II, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Exodus of Objects, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2004 Re-reading the Convention, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2003 Mc(row) Media, Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
    Interpellation, CP Open Biennale 2003, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    The 18th Asian International Art Exhibition, Heritage Museum, Hongkong
    All You Need is Love, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2002 The 17th Asian International Arts Exhibition, Daejon Municipal Museum of Art, South Korea
  • 2000 The 15th Asian International Arts Exhibition, Tainan County Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taiwan
  • 1999 The 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
    The Land and Her People, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • 1998 The 13th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1997 13 Nutids Kunstnere fra Indonesien, Sophienholm, Lyngby Kunstforening, Denmark
  • 1996 From Script to Abstraction, Jordan International Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
    9 Zeitgenossiche Maler aus Indonesien, Gothaer Kunstforum, Köln, Germany
    The 11th Asian International Visual Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, Manila, Filipina
  • 1995 Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition, Festival Istiqlal II, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Contemporary Arts of Non-Alligned Countries, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1994 The 9th International Asian Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1993 The 1st Egyptian International Print Triennale, Giza, Egypt
    The 8th International Asian Art Exhibition, City Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1991 Seni Rupa Modern, Festival Istiqlal, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1990 Contemporary Indonesian Art Painting & Print, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1986 86’ Seoul Contemporary Asian Art Show, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1985 Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1984 The Third Asean Exhibition of Painting and Photography, Manila, Filipina
  • 1983 
 International Print Exhibition, Taiwan
    The International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Moderna Galeriya, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
    World Print Four, National Gallery, San Fransisco, USA
  • 1982 The 6th Norwegian International Prints Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norwegia
  • 1981 4 Grafiker aus Indonesien, Hennemann Gallery, Bonn, Germany
  • 1980 The Third World Biennale of Graphic Art, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, England
  • 1978 Western Pacific Prints Biennale, Melbourne, Australia
    The 4th Trienalle of India, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
  • 1975 PEACE 75 – UNO, New Art Gallery, Slovenj Gradek, Yugoslavia
    Graphic Exhibition of Decenta Group, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta dan Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 1973 Exhibition of Indonesian Contemporary Sculpture, Cipta Gallery, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1972 The Paintings, Sculptures and Graphic Exhibition of 18 Bandung Artists, Cipta Gallery, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1970 Ceramics and Sculpture Exhibition, Monthein Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Selected Awards
  • 2005 Recipient of the Culture Heritage 18th Anniversary Award, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 1998 Honorable Mention (Painting), Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Jakarta Indonesia
  • 1996 Best 5 Paintings, Philip Morris Group -Indonesian Art Award, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1995 Honorable Mention, Phillip Morris – ASEAN Art Award
  • 1994 1st Winner, Phillip Morris – Indonesian Art Award
  • 1978 2nd Winner, Graphic Competition, IAA and UNESCO, Paris, France

Wot Batu is a configuration of energy which occurs from Sunaryo’s spiritual and transcedental journey. In an ±2000 m2 open space with 135 +1 stones which are conceptually and harmoniously planted and laid out in it. Sunaryo withdraws a line of the mountains surrounding Bandung, and from that line he brought volcanic stones that became a medium of a timeless masterpiece. Every carvings, inlays and fragments were not intended to change the stones, yet to incised a note of a civilization – a legacy from the 21st century for generations to come.
Sunaryo created Wot Batu to be a spiritual ‘bridge’ : to be the balance between the human soul with the physical manifestations of life, also to be a link of the four elements of nature. In Wot Batu, earth, fire, water and wind communicate with each other in harmony. Wot Batu brings the ideas of space and time – an awareness on human exsitence in an infinite dimension of nature.


ANIES BASWEDAN – Minister of Culture and Education

Kau dilahirkan untuk hadirkan karya bagi kemanusiaan. Seorang Sunaryo di dua nol satu lima telah menjulurkan imajinasinya membelai imajinasimu. Tangkaplah dan tunjukkan bahwa kau juga akan pancarkan karya di masamu sebagaimana Wot Batu telah lampaui sekat masa untuk sampai kepadamu.

Bandung, 4 September 2015
Anies Baswedan, PhD



• Transcendental
• Timeless
• Silence
• Speechless
• Reflection
• Emptiness
• Time stops here
• Mystery resides here

Thank you for sharing this with us


KAJSA DAHLSTRÖM – Director of Globetree United Nations Representative

I will keep in my heart that Pak Sunaryo gave me a stone heart in November, now my heart is full – can’t get more in!

Kajsa Dahlström



Mas Naryo,
Indonesia is proud and blessed to have such an artist like you, Mas Naryo your vitality and inspiration are beyond doubt as one of a kind.
Congratulation Mas, I am proud to be your friend and admirer

God bless,
Miranda Goeltom


SOICHIRO FUKUTAKE – Chairman of Fukutake Foundation

I felt the relationship between the human beings, the earth, and the space (universe) through stone, strongly.
Look forward to see the opening of the garden,

Soichiro Fukutake
Chairman of Fukutake Foundation


Standing as the welcoming entrance to the transitional hallway – The stone pillar and canopy separate the realms between Wot Batu and the outside world.

Berdiri sebagai gerbang masuk untuk menuju ke dalam lorong transisi – Batu-batu dalam bentuk pilar dan kanopi menjadi pemisah antara dimensi Wot Batu dan dunia luar.


Installed on the glass imprinted with Al-Fatihaah – The small stone from Hira Cave connects Wot Batu with Mecca, The Sacred City.

Terpasang di kaca yang dicetak dengan Surat Al-Fatihah di atasnya – Sebuah batu kecil dari Gua Hira menghubungkan Wot Batu dengan Tanah Suci Makkah.


The first pair of stones represented as the source of life – Abah and Ambu (Masculine and Feminine) is the symbol of two contrast elements and also harmony.

Sepasang batu pertama sebagai representasi dari asal kehidupan – Abah dan Ambu (Maskulin dan Feminin) menjadi simbol dua elemen yang kontras sekaligus harmoni.


Facing the east to view Wot Batu’s wide landscape - A stone armchair made and placed for serene contemplation.

Menghadap ke arah timur untuk memandang lanskap luas Wot Batu – sebuah kursi batu diciptakan dan ditempatkan sebagai tempat untuk berkontemplasi dengan damai.


A representation of dualism in the universe–two compositions of stones fuse to become an icon of balance between the earth and the sky.

Sebuah representasi akan dualisme di alam semests – dua komposisi bebatuan bersatu sebagai lambang keseimbangan antara bumi dan langit.


Molded from a real guava tree - A bronze tree sculpture planted on a stone base, placed as a memento of birth and a memory of a mother.

Dicetak dari sebuah pohon jambu - Pohon perunggu yang tumbuh di atas batu ditempatkan sebagai pengingat akan kelahiran dan kenangan akan seorang Ibu.


The symmetrical lines of Mandala carved on the stone’s surface is a narration of human’s ‘horizontal’ relationship with one another.

Garis-garis simetris Mandala yang dipahat di atas permukaan batu adalah sebuah narasi akan hubungan manusia dengan manusia lainnya yang ‘horizontal’.


Conceptually paired with Batu Mandala – the tall and robust stone representing human’s ‘vertical’ relationship with God and the universe.

Berpasangan dengan Batu Mandala secara konseptual – Batu yang tinggi dan megah ini merepresentasikan hubungan manusia dengan Tuhan dan alam semesta yang ‘vertikal’.


Placed on the edge and pointed to Wot Batu’s landscape – The boat-shaped stone reminds us of the human journey, from birth to the end of life and beyond.

Ditempatkan di ujung dan mengarah ke lanskap Wot Batu – Batu berbentuk perahu ini mengingatkan kita akan perjalanan hidup manusia, sejak lahir sampai ke akhir dan seterusnya.


Stand in the center of Wot Batu as the ‘door’ that opens the way from ‘life’ to ‘afterlife’ – Sunaryo’s fingerprint carved on the top as a note of modern civilization.

Berdiri di tengah Wot Batu sebagai ‘pintu’ yang membuka jalan dari ‘kehidupan’ menuju ‘kematian’ – sidik jari Sunaryo tertatah di atasnya sebagai sebuah catatan peradaban modern.


Slightly hidden in a narrow cave – installed a flat stone that ignites fire, as fire is one of the element of nature in Wot Batu.

Tersembunyi di dalam sebuah gua kecil – dipasang sebuah batu datar yang mengeluarkan nyala api, dimana api merupakan bagian dari elemen alam di Wot Batu.


Composed on an edgeless pond where the stones perfectly aligned with the landscape – the stone’s reflection on the pond depicting a peaceful perspective on afterlife.

Dikomposisikan di atas kolam air tanpa batas dimana bebatuannya melebur dengan alam secara sempurna – refleksi batu-batu di atas permukaan kolam menjadi gambaran akan perspektif yang damai akan kematian.


A bridge that separates Wot Batu to be aligned with human’s brain – balanced between the symbolic-intuitive right area and the logical-informative left area.

Sebuah jembatan yang membagi Wot Batu untuk selaras dengan otak manusia – seimbang antara area kanan yang intuitif-simbolis dan area kiri yang informatif-logis.


A map planted on a stone with descriptive information on the mountains surrounding West Java – where most of Wot Batu’s stones are from.

Sebuah peta yang dipasang di atas batu dengan informasi deskriptif akan pegunungan yang mengelilingi Jawa Barat – dimana sebagian besar dari batu-batu Wot Batu berasal.


Placed in an underground chamber – the stone is projected with a moving depiction constructed from hundreds of drawings Sunaryo made about the beginning of the universe.

Ditempatkan di ruang bawah tanah – Sebuah narasi visual bergerak diproyeksikan di atas batu, dikontruksikan dari ratusan sketsa Sunaryo tentang awal mula alam semesta.


Ten stones piling up monumentally – as a symbol of balance between the power of gravity and spirituality.

Sepuluh batu bertumpuk secara monumental – sebagai sebuah simbol keseimbangan antara kekuatan gravitasi dan spiritualitas.


‘Seke’ is sundanese for water springs – the seke stone, which is carved in intricate details, is where the water circulated in Wot Batu.

‘Seke’ adalah mata air dalam bahasa sunda – Batu seke, yang dipahat dengat detail yang kompleks, adalah sumber sirkulasi air di Wot Batu.


A composition of kinetic gears powered by solar panels and installed inside a stone – keep moving endlessly to represents the continuity of time.

Sebuah komposisi gir kinetik yang bertenaga surya dan dipasang di dalam sebuah batu – bergerak tanpa henti untuk merepresentasikan kontinuitas waktu.

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