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Bali Paintings

Traditional paintings in Bali depicted religious scenes and were placed in temples and palaces. As in traditional dance and wayang kulit puppetry the classical paintings acted as a morality play portraying both good and evil behavior. Heroic figures were usually on the right side and evil ones placed on the left. The Ramayana and Mahabharata, both classic Hindu epics, were the main themes for the paintings. The colors were muted in the traditional paintings but that changed with the advent of Ubud style paintings. Famous European artists such as Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet, who lived in Bali in the 1930's introduced vibrant colors, painting single scenes rather than narrative stories and paintings of people from everyday life rather than religious, heroic figures. In the 1960's Dutch artist Arie Smit encouraged and instructed many budding artists and created a naive style of genre painting called "Young Artists". Today, these famous styles have evolved and are exhibited in the museums and galleries throughout the island.


  • Neka, Ubud: This gallery has selected paintings from all art works by Balinese artists, Indonesian artists, Asian artists as well as European born artists such as Arie Smit. Their paintings was inspired by natural beauty , people and culture of Bali. Raya Campuhan St. Kedewatan Village, Ubud Gianyar 80571 Phone: +62 - 361- 975074 Fax: +62 - 361 - 97563
  • Komaneka Fine Art Gallery: features unique work by artists with new and exciting visions that reflect the lifestyles of contemporary connoisseurs Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar 80571, Bali - Indonesia tel. +62 361 976090
  • Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery: This Gallery exhibits all styles of Balinese painting, as well as works by Western artists who encouraged and supported Balinese painters, the collection also includes paintings by Indonesian and foreigners who found, or continue to find inspiration among the Balinese. Peliatan Ubud Bali 62 361 974229
  • Rio Helmi Gallery: Ubud and Seminyak Rio a friend of mine and a noted photographer that has been capturing images of Asia since 1978 that captures the regions images, peoples and places. Jl. Suweta 5, Ubud Bali 80571 Tel. : +62 361 972304
  • Lempad's House, Ubud: The famous artists I Gusti Lempad live and painted here until 1978 when he died at 116 years old. I am a friend of the family and rented a house in Ubud in 1974 from his grandson. There are only a few of Lempad's own paintings and drawings here. The Puri Lukisan and Neka museums have more extensive collections of Lempad's drawings. Jl Raya Ubud Ubud Kaja
  • Seniwati Gallery, Ubud: This Gallery is dedicated to art by women. Seni means are and wati means woman. They show and sell works by over seventy women artists from Bali, Java, Kalimantan and overseas, all resident in Bali. We have a very wide variety of styles and techniques, both traditional and contemporary.
  • Biasa Art Space Seminyak: This Gallery has grown out to play an important role in fostering some of the most significant new developments in contemporary Indonesian art, and working closely with prominent emerging artists and curators to help ascertain a new introduction to contemporary art in Indonesia now. jalan raya seminyak 34 kuta 80361 | bali | indonesia