Born in Medan, North Sumatra (1912 – 2005).


He studied at the Kala Bhawana Santiniketan University of Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal, India from 1932 to 1936. He spent 6 years in India studying pure painting art, fine art of mural and relief, architecture, as well as eastern art philosophy of Shantiniketan tradition and thought. Going back home from India, he directly participated in Indonesian physical revolution for independence fought against the colonialist. After the era of revolutionary war, in 1951, Rusli was designated to become a lecturer in Indonesian Fine Art Academy (ASRI) at Jogjakarta (of which now has changed to Indonesian Art Institute or ISI).


He obtained an opportunity to travel around Western Europe in 1953-1956, based on an invitation of Sticusa; a Dutch cultural institution in Indonesia that is now recognized as Erasmus Huis. Public in Europe obviously appreciated so much his artworks as shown in his sequential exhibitions in Rome, Den Haag, and Amsterdam. At the time of his exhibition in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, at Kunst Zaal Plaats Den Haag, and Ismeo Roma, he was bestowed with warm appreciation from a lot of Western journalist as a master with perfect technique.


Rusli continued his extraordinary track record in 1960 when he was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the International of Plastic Art UNESCO (IAPA) in Indonesia. In 1970, he was designated to assume a long-life member of Jakarta Academy; the board of advisors to DKI Jakarta Governor in art and culture. Rusli is one of Indonesia's senior artists, who, on Dec. 19, 2002, received the Hamengku Buwono IX Award from Gadjah Mada University and in 2003 the Satyalancana Kebudayaan art award from the Indonesian government.


He passed away in Jakarta on 11 May 2005.


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