Interview: Yulianus Yaps | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Yulianus Yaps

Interviews | October 30, 2018 |

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Interview: Yulianus Yaps

Luca Curci talks with Yulianus Yaps during PLACES and SPACES of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Yulianus Yaps is the artist name of Julianus. He was born at Belinyu village, Bangka Island, Indonesia. When he was born his country was only five years free from colonialism from the Dutch and Japanese colonialism . His country became independent in 1945. the political situation was not stable and the country is still poor. He was the youngest of 12 brothers. At the age of 5 his father passed away, his mother replaced his father as the head of the family. To finance the family’s life his mother made a wet cakes. Since he was 7 years old he helped his mother sell cakes to the age of 16, so he became late going to school. At the age of 13 a Dutchman named Hermanus was assisted him to join in the Catholic school Xaverius I. Because he was 13 years old, he immediately sat on class III. Three years later, at the age of 16 he graduated from elementary school. He wanted go to high school but because his mother was unable to pay, he finally did not continue school. After not going to school, his daily activities toured the city looking for used viny recorder dishes and then painted landscapes using wood paint and sold them on the roadside. He spent among 2 years as a street painter .


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When He was at school he liked drawing lessons and every Christmas day the school and church held exhibits of artworks from students and his work often receive praise from visitors of parents, teachers and pastors as principals. These praises later became the trigger of his enthusiasm to become a painter. In 1969 his mother passed away, a few months later, while he was still in the midst, he went to Jakarta and asked his brother to work in an iron casting factory. Since 1969 he have worked and have had the opportunity to learn several areas of expertise in his place of work, and then he became an expert of fire protection engineering, glass fiber reinforced plastic, molding systems. Various projects on the island of Java, the island of Kalimantan and Sumatra moved in various cities. He worked as an expert. Time goes on, he too have been married and then have 2 children, son and daughter. Twenty years of working in his spare time he always take the time to learn to paint himself. The dream of becoming a painter since adolescence is a debt that he have not paid off. Until the mid-1995, without notice, he have finished nearly 3000 paintings and various artworks from resin and fiber glass. Most of his paintings are oil on canvas. This is a record of the first phase of his life.


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Mid-1995 was an important record of the history of his life. It started from mid-July, heavy rain a few days without stopping causing significant flooding in residential areas where his house was located. Water flooded his house at knee height for about 2 weeks, almost all electronic equipment and the others were submerged in water. The cabinets and cupboards where he kept the paintings in the warehouse collapsed. All the paintings were submerged in water, the work of his hobbies for years had disappeared in an instant. The sketches in the picture book, watercolor painting and oil paint on the canvas were destroyed like porridge, almost nothing can be saved. The catastrophe of 1995 was the initial milestone of his search to find alternative materials as a medium of painting that could make the painting impermeable. Experiments after experimentation he did. He worked on various materials. It took years to find suitable material for his creation practice. He decided the silicon rubber material was included in the list of his favorite ingredients. This new ingredient made him get excited and deepen the techniques specifically for this material. After mastering the special techniques for silicon rubber, most of his work in recent years was mixed with silicon rubber, with oil paint, and abstract painting is his favorite. Even though he is actually an artist who likes freedom in creating. Strong, spontaneous and free humor is the hallmark of each of his works

On 1966, he had helped some of old painters from China whose profession as paint stories about goddesses in the temple (the Buddhist monastery) they used to use maupik (traditional Chinese brush). Painting techniques or writing grafic starch, maupik scratches with deep black china ink is truly artistic. The past 50 years experience is still recorded in the his memory  when it appeared and inspired to create black and white painting works in the 2000s, the difference is most black and white paintings.


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He partecipated in numerous exhibitions2006 JW.Marriot Hotel.Jakarta collective exhibition; 2014 – 2015 – 2017 Gets Special Merit Category & Special Award Category from Ligth Sapace & Time Online Gallery; in 2017 selected Biancoscuro Art Contes tinter finalists at Montecarlo BayMonaco (http: / artcontest; in 2017 one of the winners of the Biancoscuro Art Contest (; September 14 – November 26 ANIMA MUNDI – VISIONS International Art Exhibition on Palazzo Ca’Zanardi Venice (Italy)International Exhibition of Contemporary Expo tour Egos XIV. Sala Mozart Barge from 6-15 October 2017 Oud Sin Jan Museum. Belgium; 2-8 December 2017 Borgo Gallery II Rome (Italy); 1-30 November 2017 join the ITSLIQUID GROUP ALCHEMIC BODY FIRE WATER WATER EARTH International Painting Festival at Jorde Jurado Gallery Bogota (Colombia); 25-28 January –2018 exhibition at ART INNBRUCK in Pavia (ITALY) by Biancoscuro; Participation at the Porto International Festival Art Exhibition at Porto Art Gallery March 10-23 (Portugal) Collective exhibition on MONACO MONTECARLO ART April 26-30 2018. The Winning Of Biancoscuro Art Contest 2017Selected in the first round at the 23rd DADUN Art Exhibition in Taichung City TAIWAN 2018; April 2018 received an Award Certificate from the Online Space Art Gallery for black and white painting works; May 11-13 2018 Exhibition in Pavia (Italy) by Biancoscuro; 11-17 June Exhibition at the Berlin SOLILUQUY (Germany); Selected at the Biancoscuro Art Contest July 2018.


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Luca Curci – What is art for you?

Yulianus Yaps – Art is place where the soul free to edventure and develop.


L.C. – Which subject are you working on?

Y.Y. – Abstract.


L.C. – Where do you find your inspiration?

Y.Y. – The natural enviroment and within inside myself.


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L.C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

Y.Y. – No, but in mid-2017 I focused on large abstracts paintings reaching sizes up to 210cm X3500cm. consist of panels. One panel size 210cm X100cm.


L.C. – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

Y.Y. – Yes, suggestion for everyone can enrich our insigts, but in creating I prefer to be indenpendent and seek authenticity.


L.C. – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?

Y.Y. – That piece I sent to you I expecially made for PLACES-SURFACES FESTIVAL. It had never been exhibit before.


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L.C. – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?

Y.Y. – Yes, therefore I am entusiastic participating. Of course you can improve the quality of management better.


L.C. – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?

Y.Y. – Your platform had already good..just more intensively in social media.


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L.C. – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?

Y.Y. – I am happy if I have opportunity to collaborate. For services needs to be improve.


L.C. – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?

Y.Y. – my suggestion, it is necessary to make one package one entry fee already including catalogue or certificate for artists that had participated in the exhibition or festival.


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