Born 1971 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Berlin and Yogyakarta
In his paintings Fendry Ekel explores the shadow side of human ambition. His monumental, layered works often painted after black and white photographs depicting portraits, architecture or other remnants of historic events. By appropriating these images from our collective memory, Ekel critically investigates the use of art, architecture and figuration as propaganda for ideology of any kind and confronts himself with the borderline where ethical and aesthetical values cross each other.
Selected Solo Exhibitions are: "To Sweet Delight" at Luis Adelantado Gallery Mexico, Mexico City (2011), "Fortune Tellers" at Open Studio ISCP, New York, USA (2011), "Fruits From Babylon" at Brandnew Gallery, Milan, Italy (2011), "The Witness" at Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art, New York (2009) and "Century 21" at OFFICE: Contemporary Art Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2007).
Ekel also staged in numerous Group Exhibitions, such as : "2x2" at the Eilleen Kaminsky Foundation, New York, USA (2012), "A Human Touch" at The Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand (2007), "GRID" at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2004) and "Simply Droog" at Museum Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2004).
Ekel joined in various international Art Fairs e.g.: Prague Biennale 6 (2013), ArtStage Singapore (2013), Art Paris with André Simoens Gallery (2011 and 2010), MACO Mexico with Luis Adelantado Gallery (2008), Shanghai Contemporary 08 with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Shanghai, China (2008) and SCOPE Art Fair Miami, with Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York (2007).