Rosit Mulyadi – S.E.A. Focus

Rosit Mulyadi

Indonesia / Gajah Gallery

(b. 1988, Indonesia) Rosit Mulyadi, or more familiarly referred to as Ocid, was born into a conservative family of farmers, in the southern coastal area of Bantul, Java. Before venturing into the world of Fine Arts, he was sent to study for six years in an Islamic boarding school up to his late teenage years. Unsurprisingly his first encounter with art was through Arabic calligraphy. While most of his peers at school pursued further religious study, he chose to go to ISI Yogyakarta upon graduation, majoring in painting. Rositemploys figuration, appropriation, and classical painting techniques to examine distinctly contemporary and sometimes ironic social realities in the context of his locale. Moreover, by distorting and obscuring Old Master works in art history with paint and text, he also references the internet ‘remix culture’ ubiquitous in our everyday virtual communication.

Some of his notable group exhibitions include In Our Image After Our Likeness in Yogya ArtLab, 2021, ARTJOG Resilience 2020, Kembulan at Studio Kalahan Heri Dono, Jammin in the name of the Lord in Masriadi Art Foundation, i:Observe at Jogja Contemporary, and the 26th Yogyakarta Arts Festival. He had his solo show in 2017 titled Still Life at Jogja Contemporary. His most recent solo show was with Gajah Gallery, titled A Scanner Darkly at Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta in 2020.