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Kusama Affandi (1907 – ) était un peintre indonésien né à Cirebon (actuelle province de Java occidental). Son père, Raden Koesoema, était surveillant dans la sucrerie locale. Après des études secondaires à ce qui était alors Batavia (aujourd'hui Jakarta, capitale de l'Indonésie), il renonce à faire des études supérieures. À partir de 1934, il apprend à peindre seul. Sa première femme, Maryati Affandi (1916 - 1991) fut également un peintre réputé.

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Dans les années 1950, Affandi se lance dans le style expressioniste.

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On the bank of the Gajah Wong River on Solo Street in Yogyakarta, Affandi designed and constructed a home for himself, which also functions as a museum to display his paintings. The building is uniquely constructed, with a roof that resembles a banana leaf. The museum has around 250 of Affandi’s paintings. Regrettably, the high air humidity and temperature are causing concerns about the condition of the paintings. The Affandi Foundation, who manages the museum, finds it difficult to manage the museum properly, due to a lack of funds and revenue.

Before passing away, Affandi spent a lot of time sitting around in his own museum, observing his paintings. He said once, “I want to die in simplicity without giving anyone unnecessary trouble, so I could go home to Him in peace.”

After suffering a complication of illnesses, on Wednesday, the May 23, 1990, Affandi died. He is now buried in the museum complex, as he wished to always be surrounded by his family and his works.

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  • East-West Center, East-West Treasures, Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, East-West Center, Honolulu, 2010, p. 8-9.

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