b. 1971, Solo, Central Java
While studying international law (he graduated from Indonesian Islamic University) and painting (Indonesian Institute Of Art) in Jogjakarta (Indonesia), Wijono became active in the pro-democracy movement against the Soeharto regime. In the 1990’s he became known as a pro-democracy street performer with (or without) political demonstration. Besides a political awareness, Wijono gained an aesthetic understanding that performance art was a milieu that could be undertaken anywhere and was not restricted by exhibition space, public or even the time of the activity. His early performance art interventions evolved to include arts events both locally and internationally throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Wijono, president of the contemporary art organization in Jogjakarta, Performance Klub, which is organized monthly action art event as WED ACTION (2003, 2005), AMBULANCE ART FESTIVAL ’05, annual action art activism in public communities as PERFURBANCE Performance Art Urban Festival, beside another public action art event in down town as CHAOS DAB! Widjono is member of TAV The Artists Village (Singapore), member international performance art movement New World Disorder International, redaction board INTER arte actuel magazine, Quebec City (Canada), registered as spiritual healer in the World Pranic Healing Foundation.
Iwan Wijono has participated in several important art events, including: LIVE Performance Art Biennale (Vancouver, Canada, 2007), In The Context Of Art–The Differences, (Warsaw, Poland, 2006), FOI / Future Of Imagination (Singapore, 2003), ASIATOPIA Performance Art Festival (Thailand, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007), NIPAF / Nippon International Performance Art Festival (Japan, 1999, 2004, 2010), Havana Biennale (Cuba, 2001), 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival (Toronto, Canada, 2002), RIAP / Recountre Internacional Arte de Performance (Quebec City, Canada 2004), Novena Muestra Internacional de Performance (Mexico City, Mexico 2000), PAN ASIA ’10 (Gwangju, Incheon, Korea, 2010).