In 1986 Richard Horstman (b. 1964 Melbourne, Australia) first visited Ubud, Bali. He then returned to Indonesia regularly, pursuing his passion for surfing. His interest in Eastern cultures inspired him to travel throughout South East Asia. In the early 1990’s he began making sculptures, exhibiting and selling works from his home studio on Phillip Island.
In 2004 Richard began living permanently in Bali, he currently resides in Ubud, the island’s cultural and artistic heartland. His experience in Indonesia totals more than 25 years. He regularly visits museums and galleries attending fairs, exhibition openings, art discussions, auctions, and cultural programs locally, nationally, and in the region. Richard’s passion for art inspired him to write articles, first being published in Indonesia in 2007.
Richard’s role is as a bridge between the public and the art world, to aid in the communication of art and its understandings. He contributes articles and essays to the print and online media, and exhibition catalogues, while actively communicating with artists, curators, collectives, galleries and art spaces, art lovers, collectors and the public.
Since January 2018 he has held the position of art columnist for NOW!Bali Magazine and was temporarily the Contributing Editor Indonesia for Asian Art News & World Sculpture News Magazines from late 2019. Richard contributes to UbudLife Magazine, the Jakarta Post newspaper and digital art media in the region, including Art & Market.net and Plural Art Magazine.
Richard is the advisor at Ubud Diary, an art tourism presenter, and is well known in Bali for his contributions behind-the-scenes. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bali Art Society 2014-2015. One of his current projects is the compiling of data and information for his upcoming Bali art guide book to be published in 2021. On 30 November 2019 he launched his book Ubud Diary: Celebrating the Ubud School of Painting – the Diversity of the Visual Language.
As an art activist he has a strong social platform and is committed sharing ideas and brainstorming with artists, gallerists, museum owners, auction houses and collectives about professional structuring, communications, vision, branding, building community and the on going development of the Bali art infrastructure.
“Art is a force that empowers and unites people, while building community. Art makes our world a more beautiful, peaceful and meaningful environment.”
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