“IT HAS BEEN SUCH A BLESSING,” PUTU SUPADMA RUDANA START HIS STORY. “FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD, I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH BEAUTIFUL ARTWORKS AND HAVE GOTEN TO LEARN TO ABSORB ARTIST’ SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.”
THROUGH YEARS OF SUCH LEARNING PROCESS, PUTU IS NOW
Conditioned both visually and intuitively, to be able to categorize paintings on whether they are of solid composition, whether they are ones that will work and inspire the audience, or not. “ My senses are trained to understand that, behind an attractive painting composition, behind it facade of beauty and aesthetics, there is something more profound, such as precious values and nostalgic background that are tried to be transferred by painters to captivate the audience.”
Putu Supadma Rudana is the son of Nyoman Rudana, an art collector, founder and owner of the famed Rudana Museum and Rudana Fine Art Gallery of Ubud, in which Putu is managing director. Born in Denpasar on april 23, 1974, Putu reminisces on how he was never brought up to be a man focusing merely in business or other worldly matters. Spirituality and artistic feelings are things that he breathes on right from the minute he was born. Spent his whole childhood in Bali, Putu went to seek his master’s degree in Business Administration at Webster University of St Louis, United States, in 1998. Despite him pursuing his studies in business and his grand intentions to run his family business profitably, his love and pride in Indonesia art and culture perpetually affect his thoughts and actions.
Putu’s visions and commitments are always involving certain aspects of live he cherishes the most, which is to love and live fully and passionately, and to bring forth his beloved Baliness culture into events of international level. To achieve these goals Putu Supadma Rudana resolves to launch numerous projects over the years to promote positive and creative cultural conservations, to develop and maintain Baliness arts and culture as a significant part of the diversity and richness of the arts and culture in every other areas of Indonesia. Such activities include painting exhibitions and local or international cultural events. Putu, realizing that globalization must be addressed critically and intellectually, personally initiated the creation of a central for his causes that he named Supadma Rudana Center (SRC).
A non-profit institution since its estabilshment, SRC seeks to participate in develoving ideas based on thinking outside the box. Putu likes to encourage his team of young people to constantly think ahead to be able to create something for the common progress, all the while promoting awareness in how important it is to always respect the nation’s diversity as well as to encourage tolerance and solidarity amongst the people. Putu Rudana truly believes in the spirit of the diversity both in terms of behaviours or the social layers of Indonesia society. He thinks it is exceptionally important to erect social justice as the basis of the growing strength of the nation’s unity. SRC through its creative visionary aspires to be a centre of excellence, where any dynamic individual can get a chance to develop interests and talents towards the formation of Indonesia’s human resource excellence. Now, in addition to being chairman of the Central Executive Board (Dewan Pimpinan Pusat) Democratic Party of the Ministery of Culture and Tourism from 2010 to 2015, Putu Supadma Rudana is also appointed as one of the chairmans of AMI (Associations of Indonesian Museum), a duty for the nation that he feels most fulfilling and meaningful. Hobbies and interests in sports is golfing, while the 37-year-old man also owns a cultural interest in international travel, music and films, and an art interest in collecting fine arts paintings and antiques.
The values that his family and home-life have instilled in him are what putu believes to have built his personality. “everything my parents and my artistic environment have applied in my early life, has made an impact in me so much so that i can understand life’s meanings like i do now.” With his Baliness serene-looking features, Putu shares his opinions to HighEnd.” Culture is actually the most crucial part in encouraging humans to reach higher values, to process wisdom and to advocate nature-based learning.” With serious voice he adds, “The process from nature into an adolescent then into a grown man.” For Putu, a cultural process is one that any human has to undertake. At first instinctively, then gradually be based on one’s logic and ideas, before it is finally be in sync with one’s conscience.
As his whole life circles around museums, including his own family’s Rudana Museum, Putu shares his insight, “Whenever we go to a museum to watch and witness the magnificent creations of our predecessors, we’re actually not just learning about things seen with our eyes: be it their great artistic techniques, or their wonderful display of aesthetics,” he smiles. “We can also, and most importantly, learn about the spiritual content within each artwork, which makes the creation priceless and greatly inspiring to enrich our life and make it better.
Culture should be the much-needed push for this nation’s people, to not only appreciate properly the creations of traditional maestros, but as well as the modern-cotemporary artists’. The very values embedded in such artworks are truly significant as our base in building a national character. “As a matter of fact, in recent years, while our country is going trough so much changes caused by the fast-paced technology process, our old values tend to be doubted, taken as passe and no longer suitable for today’s mindset,” Putu claims. “Such profound values should instead be looked up to as something to touch and affect our day-to-day living.”
As an example, according to Putu Rudana, is an Indonesian person’s tendency to be easily self-conscious and embarrassed. In Putu’s opinion this actually show our modesty, as our ancestor used to teach us to hold back and never to be arrogant despite our achievements. Putu believes that if such character culture is embraced, this would prevent our countrymen’s negative traits. “I am positive this will take away our country’s worst stigmas, like corruption, collusion and nepotism.”
Putu continues, “ I am convinced that a character of quality can only be achieved through our efforts to maintain a just and fair nature. We should always be ready to sincerely congratulate other people for their achievements and winnings, and have a big enough heart to accept our losses or failures.” Taking everything as a part of internalization to further reach maturity, the man articulately insists on how he believes, in politics especially, that if there’s no touches of beauty involved it will only create mischief and malice, instead of achieving glory in togetherness.
“ MY SENSES ARE TRAINED TO UNDERSTAND THAT, BEHIND AN ATTRACTIVE PAINTING COMPOSITION, BEHIND IT FACADE OF BEAUTY AND AESTHETICS, THERE IS SOMETHING MORE PROFOUND”
By: Putri Minangsari
Sumber : HighEnd edisi Januari 2012 (www.highendmagz.com)