I Madé Moja comes from Batuan on the island of Bali, the leading center for fine arts and traditional watercolor MadeMojapainting in Indonesia. The son of a renowned artist, I Madé Budi, he has been painting for most of his life. In addition to his intensive training under his father, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Denpasar, Bali, where he was trained in Western traditions and modern art forms such as graphic arts in addition to traditional Balinese painting styles.
Since the mid-1980s Moja‘s work has been featured in various major exhibitions, including at Jakarta, Ancol, one of Southeast Asia’s best known art centers, at the Lesung Gallery in Yogyakarta, Central Java, at Pesta Kesenian Daerah Bali, and he was featured at the Biennial exhibition at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Jakarta with a select group of Indonesia’s most respected artists. Outside of Indonesia his work was featured at the Southeast Asian Youth Artists’ Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the Billa Bernau Gallery in Bern, Switzerland, at the arts gallery at the University of Iowa, and at IndoArts at Fort Mason Center, Iowa. In 1986 he was commissioned to create a painting for France’s then president, François Mitterrand.