Ida Bagus Made Nadera (Tegallinggah, Bali, ± 1912 – 1998), a Balinese painter with an individualistic style

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Ida Bagus Made Nadera (Tegallinggah, Bali, ± 1912 – 1998), a Balinese painter with an individualistic style

In this auction we feature a collection of twelve artworks by Ida Bagus Nadera, property of a longtime resident of Bali and one of the first gallery owners in the country. The artworks, coming from different periods in the artist’s life, includes various subjects and media.

With only two years of grade school as his formal education, Ida Bagus Made Nadera is basically a self-taught painter who created very interesting works. He became Ida Bagus Mregeg’s art class teaching assistant when he taught for a brief period of time at a grade school at Buruan village.


In 1936 he joined the Pita Maha Art Association. The two founders of the association, Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet, recognized his talent and asked him to paint a large monumental work measuring 9 meters in width. Having successfully fulfilled the task, Nadera was appointed to provide guidance to the other artists within the association.


While Balinese paintings usually share a common regional artistic style, Nadera’s works have a strong individual character. His landscapes often convey his concern for the environment, while his paintings of everyday life show his interest in traditions and culture. He was topeng and arja dancer and enjoyed reading the ancient Hindu scripts in Kawi. He also explored Balinese astrology by painting calenders.

In the 1960s, he  had his own painting studio in Semabaung, Bedahulu, on the road to Gianyar via Pejeng, and he was   frequently visited by art collectors. On the way to the Tampaksiring Palace, President Sukarno would pay the artist a visit, and purchase his paintings. Some of Nadera’s paintings are in the collection of the President.

Due his dedication in art, he received the Wija Kusuma Award from Gianyar Administration and the Dharma Kusuma Art award from Balinese Provincial Government in the 1980s. His paintings appear in the collections of the Neka Museum, ARMA Museum (Ubud) and Taman Budaya (Denpasar).
These artworks are among those that will be auctioned in Sidharta Auctioneer's Fine Art Auction on October 7th, 2012, at Darmawangsa Square, Jakarta, Indonesia, starting at 1:30pm. View the e-catalog here: http://sidhartaauctioneer.com/ecat/2012/fa07102012/ Please contact info@sidharta.co for further information
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Posted on 25 September 2012, in Fine Art Auction 7 October 2012 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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