Born in 1978 in Surakarta, Indonesia, Aditya Novali graduated from Parahyangan University, Bandung with a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture in 2002 and Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands with an IM Masters of Conceptual Design in 2008. He currently lives and works in Indonesia.
Novali works with a variety of materials, often first conceiving an idea and then finding the right medium to transcribe his vision. Novali’s background in architecture plays an influential role in his work. His sensitivity to structure, space, and knowledge of construction shapes his approach and aesthetic. Addressing themes such as boundaries, identities, materialism, and urban life, Novali’s work interacts with the viewer and transforms with each viewing.
Novali’s work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions all over the world, including in Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, and Lebanon. Some of his previous exhibitions include Imaginary Synonym (2016), Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Aku Diponegoro (2015), National Gallery of Indonesia, Indonesia; Shout! Indonesian Contemporary Art (2014), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (MACRO), Italy; The Wall/Structure/Construction/Border/Memory (2014), Ark Galerie, Indonesia; South East Asia (SEA) + Triennale (2013), National Gallery of Indonesia, Indonesia; Beyond the Walls (2013), Primo Marella Gallery, Italy; Pressing (2013), Videoinsight® Foundation, Italy; Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence (2012), Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.
A Finalist in the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Novali was also awarded Best Artwork in the Bandung Contemporary Art Awards (BaCAA) in the same year. He was most recently nominated for Best Emerging Artist Using Installation at the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore.