Sudarisman was born in 1948, in Yogyakarta, Central Java, and graduated from the Arts Academy there. He also studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Psycopolis, Den Haag, The Netherlands because he received a scholarship from the Dutch Ministry of Culture and Recreation for studying the technique of “Renaissance Paintings and Modern Art.
In the cities, he has found contrasts between contemporary and traditional buildings or shops. His objective is to show the contrasts but at the same time obtain harmony and unity by mixing realistic and abstract expressions. The abstract symbols in his works show us the power of technology and its influence on mankind. On the other hand, Sudarisman has a lot of respect for his traditional society, especially the traditional craftsmen and artists and he loves to represent them in his work. The colours Sudarisman uses are very characteristic of him, with warm colours always present. This is his way of creating space in his paintings, which are one-dimensional, like flat wayang puppets.