Adam de Boer is a Dutch-Indonesian-American artist, characterized by his hybrid identity and the visual and material influence of Javanese craft and culture, which are central to his work.
Adam de Boer graduated with a BA in Painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2006) and an MA in Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art, London (2012). In 2016, de Boer was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Indonesia, where he continues his engagement with the region’s indigenous crafts.
De Boer’s work invokes his Dutch-Indonesian cultural legacy, addressing broader themes of cultural hybridity and representations of interpersonal and international power dynamics. For the past six years, de Boer has traveled throughout Java investigating his Eurasian heritage. He has studied the traditional crafts such as wax-resist batik, leatherwork and wood carving, while pushing the aesthetics of these crafts beyond their traditional boundaries.
His recent pieces employ imagery and crafts from the region as a way of connecting his own and his ancestors’ artistic practice. De Boer’s work is especially valuable for its assertion that tradition remains relevant to the understanding of the continued development of visual cultures, both for individuals and societies, ultimately crystallizing into an investigation of postcolonial identity.
Recent exhibitions include Art|Jog|8, Yogyakarta (2015); Indonesian Contemporary Art Network, Yogyakarta (2014); Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2014); University of California, Santa Barbara (2014); Escuela Taller, Bogotá (2013); Riflemaker, London (2016, 2013, 2011); Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC (2010).