Nia Gautama (b. Jakarta, 1973) is a self-taught artist who divides her time between Jakarta and Bandung. She gained her Bachelor degree in Economic Management in 1996, then worked for some advertising agencies. Her curiosity and passion in art led her to leave that permanent job with a promising career in advertising to seriously focus in arts.
Since early 2000, she has actively exhibited both at home and abroad, including: “SELSIUS-USM International Ceramic Festival, Penang, Malaysia (2014)”, “Challenging the Boundaries”-Martell Contemporary Art, Kuningan City, Jakarta (2014); “The Meeting Place-Asian Century”, Gold Coast City Gallery, Australia (2013); “Homoludens#4”, Bali (2013); “3 x 3 projects”, National Gallery,Chaofa Road, Bangkok, Thailand (2013); “Clay Unity Celebrating the Diversity of Southeast Asia”, FLICAM, Fuping, Shaanxi, China (2012); “Indonesian Contemporary Ceramic Art—A Progress Report”, Art & Ceramics Museum, Jakarta (2012); “Indonesia Craft: Reposition”, Indonesian National Gallery (2012); “Jakarta Biennale: Maximum City” (2011-2012); “Indonesia Creative Power”, a program by the Indonesian Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economy (2012); “2nd Shanghai Modern Pot Art Biennale”, Shanghai, China (2010); “The First Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale (JCCB#1)” (2009); and “The Ceramic Road of Southeast Asia”, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan (2009).
Since her presentation at a conference in Yingge Museum in 2009, Nia has started to contribute art-related articles to arts and lifestyle magazines. Her first book “Ceramic for Hobby and Career” was published in 2011 by a leading Indonesian publisher. Her recent activities include creating artworks as an independent artist, designing jewelries, and directing the realization of the JCCB#3 (2014). More about her: www.niagautama.com