Arlita Dharma Kadar Biodata
Arlita Dharma Kadar was born in North Sumatra and grew up in West Java, Indonesia, where she learned psychology and art. She learned art from various teachers, including Chiang Yu Tie and Teng Muk Yen, who taught her Chinese painting techniques in 1987. She also studied the techniques of oil painting under Barli and Agung, well-known painters in Indonesia. In 1997, she traveled to Hong Kong to develop her oil and Chinese painting techniques from a painter named U Ing. Later, with instructions of John from Java, Emma from England, Charles Johnson from the United States, Tomatsu Inoue from Japan and Merelis Foster from Austria, she also explored the techniques of batik, marbling, sculptures and even toy making. In Indonesia, her wide variety of artistic talents had resulted in several awards: Honarable Mention, Spotlight on the Arts, Fairfax, VA.(2015), Peoples Choice Award, Fairfax Art League Old town hall, Fairfax VA. (2014), Recognition of the Extraordinary Contributions to Asia Cultural Programming Smithsonian Institution and the Natural Museum of Natural History, Washington DC (2011) Honorable Mention in the Indonesia Textile Design for 2000, First Prizes of Central, North, West, and South Jakarta Flora & Fauna Identity Logo (1996), Top Ranked Student in the Training of Production of Children Toys arranged by the Indonesia Department of Industry and Bandung Institute of Textile Technology (1995), Second Prize in Barli Museum (1993), and Second Prize in Bridal Group (1993) in Bandung. Her works were also selected for national and international exhibition, including Flora and Fauna Posters at Bandung Institute of Technology (1998), " Nuansa dalam 22 Karya" (Hilton Executive Club, Jakarta, 1997), and Fourth International Bamboo Congress (Ubud, Bali 1995). In Indonesia, she donated a painting for International Forestry Research in Bogor, designed a logo for Miyazaki Restaurant in Bandung. She was also a painting instructor for Deutsche Schule in Bandung and Bandung International School.
Arlita's main focus is bamboo, as it is abundant in a tropical climate. She paints it with one-stroke painting techniques in which each painting is produced with only one stroke for every part of the painting and discarded if any of the strokes fails. With years of training and experience, her skills matured and even progressed into her own unique style. Not only did she master the one-stroke painting the branches and leaves so that some parts of the bamboos will have the "fade" effects. These effects create captivating yet subtle features on the paintings due to the random, "jagged" element of the bamboos. This, combined with her expressionist style, result in paintings that are distinct from one another. Arlita also uses natural colors for her bamboo paintings, not just the typical black ink. She also utilizes various colors for the background, like black, in addition to the standard white and ivory.
Arlita Moved to the United States in 1999 to learn more painting techniques and subjects as well as starting her art career in the new country. One of her first subjects here were the rich colors of American leaves and harvests in the fall, a season not experienced in her tropical origin, using the techniques she had mastered. This resulted in intriguing pieces: the traditional one-stroke techniques of Chinese paintings portraying Virginia leaves and American fruits. She also expanded her techniques in sculptures at the Art League School of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Some of her works here were selected for the United States national and international exhibition: Sherwood Communtiy Center 2016, Spotlight on the Arts(Fairfax Art League, Old town Hall, VA. 2015), Peoples Choice Award, (Fairfax Art League, old Town Hall VA 2014), Potomac Bonsai Festival ( US National Aboretum , Smithsonian, DC 2013), Asian Festival, George Mason University,( Fairfax VA 2012), Asian Arts & Crafts Demonstrations Day, National Museum of Natural History (Rotunda Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC 2011), Asian Festival, George Mason University, (Fairfax VA. 2010), Mariela in the Desert, George Mason University (Fairfax VA 2008), The Seventy Second Annual International competition Exhibition, (Strathmore, MD. 2005), The Twenty Fifth Annual Mason District Park Festival (Annandale VA 2004), Spring Salon (Limner Gallery, NY 2002), National Art Exhibition (Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL, 2002), The 68th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures (Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda MD 2001), 3rd National Juried Art Exhibition (Baker Arts Center, Liberal KS 2000) 20th National Juried Art Exhibition (New Orleans Art Assoc. LA 2000) Pacific North West Bamboo Agro-Forestry Workshop (Port Townsend, WA, 1997) and The Big Island Bamboo Conference (University of Hilo, Hawaii, 1996). Some of her other activities included being a member of Strathmore Arts (North Bethesda, MD), Wilson Center Gallery (DC) and The Art League (Alexandria, VA). She also designed logos for Bamboo Guild in Maui and American Bamboo Society (Hawaii), as well donated painting copyrights to UNICEF, NY.
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