Ida Bagus Terang Biography

Ida Bagus Terang




Painter and woodcarver Ida Bagus Made Poleng, also known as Ida Bagus Made and Ida Bagus Terang, was born in Ubud, Bali in 1915, into a family of artists. His father, Ida Bagus kembeng (1897 - 1952) taught him how to paint and carve, focusing on traditional Ubud subjects and materials. He later joined the Pitamaha Artist Guild when Balinese art began gaining international attention in the 1930s. The Guild's aim was to preserve cultural artistic practices as the influence of European and American aesthetics began to permeate the creative landscapes of the Southern Hemisphere. Terang would become known for his carved sacred temple masks, and was a prolific painter whose works are seen today as among the finest examples of Ubud art.

Terang began exhibiting throughout Indonesia in the 1930s with the Guild. However, his exhibitioning career was short lived as he quit participating in the commercial art world after the Second World War. It wouldn't until 1988 that he allowed his art to be included in any shows, at which point he allowed the Garga Gallery in Ubud to organize a solo show of his artwork. After his death in 1999, the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University held a memorial exhibition of his works in 2001, and in 2008 a retrospective of his work was held at the Museum Puri Lukisan in Bali. 

Terang died in Ubud in 1999.