My name is Juna and I am 22 years old. I am still in the learning phases of my journey in the world of fine art. I spend my days studying and soaking up the knowledge of my seniors who have been involved in this world for a long time before me.
Tourism is a relatively new industry in my hometown and for most people, art is an abstract concept. Art, especially painting, is taboo. An imported culture belonging to the Western World. Despite this taboo I have become fascinated with the potential of the fine arts. This curiosity started with my admiration for Uncle Bambang Prasetya.
Uncle Bambang is an inspiring figure. For me he is a teacher, a mentor, a father figure and someone I can openly discuss my ideas with. Learning about the struggles he has faced in the world of fine arts has given me the motivation to find my voice as an artist and enter into this new and exciting world of expression.
It was never a dream of mine to become a painter, however with the guidance of my Uncle Bambang I was able to take the first steps into cultivating my skills as an artist and becoming the painter I am today. Two years have passed since I started studying with Uncle Bambang. He has taught me many things. He has taught me to understand what art is, how to improvise, developing an eye for mixing different colors and most importantly teaching me how to put my heart and soul into my work. Uncle Bambang gave me the confidence to take control of my future by giving me a safe place to express myself and allow my art to be accepted and understood.
Painting is an extremely important part of my life. It brings me an immense amount of joy to be able to create. I am also able to carve a future for myself that would not be possible without this outlet.
I now have my own work space and gallery in a restaurant. I am able to display my art on the free walls, while having a place to paint and interact with tourists from all over the world.
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