Born in Kutoarjo, Central Java (1919 – 2002).


Widayat first studied painting in Badung, West Java, from Mulyono, then in 1950 enrolled in the Indonesian Fine Arts Academy (Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia -ASRI) where one of his teacher was Hendra Gunawan. In 1952, along with other artists, he established the Young Indonesian Painters' studio. The artist lived in Japan from 1960 to 1962, where he studied traditional landscape gardening, ceramic and flower arranging.


He dedicated his life to teaching art at ASRI (now Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta) until he retired in 1988. Widayat participated in many exhibitions in Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA. He won many honours since 1953, including the Anugerah Seni art award from the Indonesian government in 1972, the top prize in the Indonesian Painting Biennial in Jakarta in 1992, and the ASEAN Art Award in 1993.


Widayat was a tremendously profilic artist. Although he worked mainly with oils and acrylics on canvas, as well as watercolors on paper, he also used various media, including drawing on ceramics and making woodblock prints.


In 1994 he opened his H. Widayat Museum in Mungkid, Magelang, Central Java.


He passed away in Jakarta on 22 June 2002.


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