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Anom Suryawan

Anom Suryawan

In addition to being a mask maker, Anom is a masked dancer and shadow puppeteer. His family has lived in the same compound in Mas, a village in the Ubud region of Bali, for about 500 years, practicing these traditional Balinese arts. Anom learned mask making and masked dancing from his uncle and the art of shadow puppetry from his father, both of whom are well-known artists in Bali. Carrying on these traditions at sacred ceremonies is deeply important to Anom and his family. To him, there is no limit in art, and the artistic process is never finished. The renowned Astina Gallery is located in his family compound. Amon's masks are in the collection of the Santa Fe Folk Art Museum in New Mexico, and he was a participant in the exhibition Bali: Art, Ritual and Performance at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 2011. It was at this exhibition that Anom discovered, to his surprise, wood carvings made by his grandfather.

Balinese mask maker Anom Suryawan was commissioned to create three masks to anchor an interactive exhibit called Communicating Emotions with Your Body.