Ahmad Sadali

Born in Garut, West Java, 29 July 1924, Sadali was a pioneer of Indonesia's modern abstract arts. He studied art in Bandung Technological University. He then got scholarships to study art at the Department of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, and New York Art Student League in United States.

Back from US, Sadali continued to develop his work in abstract style and combined it with Islamic spirituality and mistisism. Sadali was also a muralist, designer and an academic. He was a fine-art professor at ITB and an initiator of the establishment of Bandung Islamic University (Unisba). He received the National Art Award from the government in 1972. He died in 1987.