Bayak, born 1980 in Tampaksiring, Gianyar showed promising artistic and musical talent from an early age and went on to study at the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar, 1999-2006. It was here that he met his future wife, Komang Kartika Dewi who also is a graduate from ISI and teaches art at Sukawati Junior High School. They have one son, DamarLangitTimur, another gifted artist who began creating figurative representations on his own as early as two years of age. Combinations of Bayak’s family’s creative energies were showcased in an exhibition last year, titled “Arm our Family”. In this exhibition he and his wife emphasized the importance of parents and adults being positive role models to children and to impart them with tools of knowledge and holistic education to inspire their budding creativity and imagination. On another occasion two years ago, during a solo exhibition at GriyaSantrian Gallery, Bayak invited school children and teachers to the exhibition whereby he led group discussions about the environmental issues represented in his work. Bayak has developed a large social network introducing him to many opportunities to participate in community outreach events. These events combine various modes of creative expressions and are aimed at capturing the attention of youth, not only of Indonesian origin, yet also those from Bali’s international community, to the social and environmental issues that are relevant today.
The artist exhibits his works regularly in Bali and recently exhibited in Germany and Poland. To his credit he has been nominated as a finalist in Singapore’s prestigious 2013 Sovereign Art Prize. “Via my art and music I can connect with people from different backgrounds and express to them what I believe is essential. Bayak is also a guitarist in the local heavy metal rock band Geekssmile, whose mission, via the lyrical content of their music and social activism to communicate with, and to be a voice for the younger generations. “Lets us all be a part of this phenomenon of social change that is occurring – as we are. If you are a writer do with it with the power of your words, if you are a musician do it with your songs and your music. As an artist you can do it by the messages within your work.” “For me as a visual artist and a musician I will be socially active in these positive ways.”