Category: Art of the Indies

Meet Bruce Granquist: Artist, Mapmaker, Writer, Bookseller

For half a decade Bruce Granquist travelled the hills, valleys and back roads of Bali on an old Honda 200cc making sketches, jotting down names and correcting and...

Pablo Gentile

Meet Pablo Gentile. A gutsy American artist who moved to Bali in the 80s to breathe art and live within this island’s culture. You are known as being one of the...

Bali Royal Necklace

The Story of a Royal Necklace

Gold, Rubies, Sapphires, Diamonds, History Encrusted with over 70 rubies from Myanmar, diamonds from Borneo and sapphires from India, and weighing over 200 grams, this...

The Path to Perfection through Action

I hug trees. Some trees hug me back. Learning about the sculptures around the place I live and work from my elders, I found out that my family has always had a thing...

The Importance of Being Charming

My home village of Batur may be more spectacularly beautiful, but Ubud is where tourists choose to linger for longer. Asked by my uncles and aunts why this is so, I...

Four Faces Needed to Face Bali’s Brave New World

On July’s windy days, the skies of Denpasar fill up with kites. These grand birds and fish dance and glide with the glee of children (of all ages, of course) tugging...

The Legend of Kebo Iwa

If you frequently travel between Sanur and Ubud, there’s a fat chance you’ve seen the big baby statue sitting in the Sakah intersection. It depicts baby Kebo Wanara,...

Miguel Covarrubias’ Visual Notes

Miguel Covarrubias’ father was a Sunday painter. As a very young child, Miguel liked to sit by his father, watching him work. This happened nearly every weekend....