b. 1976 Sleman, Indonesia

Born in Sleman, Yogyakarta on 8th of June 1976, Dona is a graduate from the prestigious Indonesian Art Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta. In 2011, she finishes her master’s degree at Santa Dharma University, specializing in the discourse of Religion and Culture.

A Finalist of the prestigious Nokia Art Award in 2001, a Finalist at the ICC Young Sculpture Competition, Pandaan in 2010, as well as the Judge’s Favorite at Kedawung Glassware Print Design Competition Award 2002, Dona does not confine strictly in ceramics as the sole language of expressions, but she has also been making some paintings and installations.

As seen in some of her works, Dona likes to combine her sculptures with paintings creating installations, so that her works can be read in a broader context. Dona Prawita’s artworks are usually figurative sculptures showing humans and animals like figures in bright colors, which are evident in her ceramics or paintings. Her artworks often convey messages about issues that are related to social, moral, spiritual, relations between humans and their environment. These issues are being portrayed through figures that look imperfect in a fantasy world.

Occasionally, she will represent humans with heads that look like animals. Although her artworks no longer show the attachment with developing traditions in ceramics art, her works can still be categorised as figurative ceramics. One interesting thing is how she uses ceramic objects in her paintings showing that there is no strict media hierarchy in the practice of fine art in Indonesia. This condition enables the ceramics artists to freely exist together with other artists in various configurations of exhibitions using different media.


“Art is a necessity of life, not a profession and a side job. The generation that grew up without Art is a generation of disabled and needy. At a minimum, love Art, any form of Art.”
– Dona Prawita Arissuta




Art Expo Malaysia Plus with Art Xchange Gallery, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
“WhArt Now?” Traveling Exhibitions with Art Xchange Gallery, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta; Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur; Art Xchange Gallery, Singapore
Bazaar Art Jakarta with Art Xchange Gallery, The Ritz Carlton, Pacific Place, Jakarta
“Green Circle” Exhibition, UNS Alumni Building, Surakarta
“Celcius 2016” Transnational Ceramic Exhibition, Reka Gallery, Balai Seni Visual Negeri KL, Malaysia

“Urip Mung Mampir Ngombe” Exhibition, Langit Art Space, Yogyakarta
“Matja”, 33rd Muktamar Nahdlatul Ulama Exhibition, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta
“Yogyakarta Renaissance, Sehari Boleh Gila” Fine Art Exhibition, Galeri Tahun Mas, Yogyakarta

“Membaca Bayat” Ceramic Exhibition, PPKH Bulak Sumur UGM, Yogyakarta
DELAYOTA Fine Art Exhibition, Plaza Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

“Picturing Pictures” Art Exhibition with Art Xchange Gallery at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine ArtsMuseum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Group Exhibition “Multeity in Unity” with Art Xchange Gallery at ION Art Gallery, Singapore
Nafa’s Residency Cycle #2 Exhibition at Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta
ISI Yogyakarta Alumni and Ceramic Major Exhibition “Vacuum Cleaner” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Commemorating 40 years of Indonesia-Korea Exhibition at Cassablanca, Jakarta

The 14th Jakarta Biennale ke-14 at Central Park Mall, Jakarta
“Kembar Mayang” Art Exhibition at Widayat Museum, Magelang
TRITURA Cultural Association Exhibition at Taman Ismail Marzuki
Ceramic Exhibition at Painting and Ceramic Museum, Jakarta

Group Exhibition “Origin of the World” at the Arts House (March 2011), Singapore
The Inaugural Opening Exhibition of Art Xchange Gallery “[dəˈv3:səti]”, Singapore
“kARTini: the Power of Women in Art” Exhibition at Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta
“Tribute To Salvador Dali” Exhibition at Art Xchange Gallery, Singapore
“Beastly of Indonesian Contemporary Art 2011” Exhibition at Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta
“Ketika Tanah Berbicara” Exhibition at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta
“Beastly of Indonesian Contemporary Art 2011” Exhibition, organished by Cemeti Art Foundation in Salihara Gallery, Jakarta

“Contemporary Ceramics Bienalle #1, Ceramic Art: In Between” at North Art Space, Jakarta
“Inventory” Exhibition at Pesantren Kali Opak, Yogyakarta
“Woman Artist Carnival”, at Orasis Gallery and House of Sampoerna, Surabaya
“KOMPAS Newspaper Illustration 2009” at Bentara Budaya, Jakarta, Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Malang, Bali
“ICC Young Sculpture Competition” at Pandaan, Surabaya
“Here, There and Everywhere” at Ars Longa Jakarta
“Art Vocacy” at Galangan Kapal VOC, Jakarta

“REFORM” Exhibition at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta
Art A Lamonde, at D-Gallery, Jakarta
Anarko Body, at O-House Gallery, Jakarta
“Oemar Bakrie” at Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
“Policromatic (2nd Anniversary)” at V-Art Gallery, Yogyakarta
“Wong Jawa Ilang Jawane” at Balai Soedjatmoko, Bentara Budaya, Solo
“Hope and Up” Exhibition at D-Peak Gallery, Jakarta
“My Body” at Andy Gallery, Jakarta
“Traversing” at Bienalle Sastra Salihara, Jakarta

“For You, Woman of Indonesia” Fundraising Exhibition for Indonesia Cancer Society at Arsip Building, Jakarta
“Woman: Not Fade Away” Two Women Exhibition at V-Art Gallery, Yogyakarta
Survey, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta
“It’s Fun(d)” Katalis Forum at Biasa Gallery, Yogyakarta
“Manifesto” at National Gallery, Jakarta
“Loro Blonyo” Wedding Art, Magelang
“Arafura Craft Exchange: Trajectory Memories Tradition and Modernity in Ceramic” Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, Australia
“The Shoes of Salvation” at Heart Gallery, Bali
“Kere Munggah Bale” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
“Play With 3D Object” Katalis Forum, Yogyakarta
“Spirit of Souls” at Ars Longga Gallery, Yogyakarta
“Reminder Driyarkara” Lustrum Dies Natalis, Santa Dharma University, Yogyakarta
“HighLight” at Jogjakarta National Museum, Yogyakarta

A Tribute to Young  Artist, at Sangkring  Art Space, Yogyakarta
Shout Out, Yogyakarta Art Festival XlX, at Taman Budaya Building, Yogyakarta
“Ayo Bung” Affandi’s 100yr Anniversary at Taman Budaya Building, Yogyakarta
Portofolio (1st Anniversary) at Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
“Tanda Mata VI” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Yogya Biennalle lX, at Taman Budaya Building, Yogyakarta

Behind the Realism, V-art, Yogyakarta
“Beyond” Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta
Wedding Art and Tobacco, Magelang
The Young Contemporary Artist, Art Forum, Singapore
“Mysterious Dolls, Old Prints” at Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
Indonesia Traffic, Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta

Spirit of Play (5 People Exhibition) at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Ceramic Art Exhibition, My Passion (2 Women Exhibition), at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Calibrating Room,  Antena Project, Yogyakarta
My Favorite Painting and Sculpture, Art Forum, Singapore
“Malo” Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
“Tanda Mata V” Painting Exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
“Ayo Ngguyu” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Pra Bali Biennale 2005, at Affandi Museum, Yogyakarta
“MY Life Without Me” Painting Exhibition at Gracia Art Gallery, Surabaya
Summit Event Bali Biennale 2005, at Toni Raka Gallery, Bali
Anthology, Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta
Biennale Yogyakarta Vlll, kota Gedhe, Yogyakarta

“Barcode” (Yogyakarta Festival of Art XVI), Taman Budaya Building, Yogyakarta
Object Hood Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Societed Building, Yogyakarta
“5 Sehat Lima Sempurna” at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
Exhibition of Young Arts Ceramic, Gallery National, Jakarta
Exhibition of Yogyakarta Woman: Considering the World of Woman at Taman Budaya Building, Yogyakarta

“Dolanan Boneka” Exhibition at Studio Tanah Liat, Yogyakarta
Replay, Societed Building, Yogyakarta

Naration Intimacy, 3 Women Exhibition, at Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta
Dies Natalis Sasenitala, Indonesian Institute of Visual Arts Yogyakarta Gallery, Yogyakarta
Age Hibition, at Edwin Gallery, Jakarta

Yogyakarta Art Festival (FKY) Xlll, at Benteng Vredeburg Yogyakarta
Art Report from Yogya, Gelaran Budaya, Yogyakarta
Her Story, at Gelaran Budaya, Yogyakarta
Nokia Art Award Exhibition at the National Gallery
On Women at Mon Décor Gallery

Indonesian Institute of Visual Arts Women Exhibition Yogyakarta at Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta