Born in Jakarta in 1960, A Yogyakarta based leading contemporary artist and the first Indonesian to break into the global art scene in the early 1990s, Heri Dono is unquestionably one among the Indonesian contemporary artists from the late 1980s generation that are best known to contemporary art international community. Heri Dono is known through his installation that results from his experiments with the most popular Javanese folk theater: wayang.
He has participated in more than 270 art exhibitions, including 31 international biennales, and received various world awards and invitations. Among the events were Guangzhou Triennial ( 2011 ), Gwangju Biennale (2006 and 1995), Sharjah Biennial ( 2005 ), Taipei Biennial ( 2004 ), Venice Biennale ( 2003 ), Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 and 1993), Yokohama Triennial ( 2001 ), Havana Biennial ( 2000 ), Shang hai Biennale ( 2000 ), Sydney Biennale ( 1996 ) and Sao Paolo Art Biennial (2004 and 1996). The awards bestowed on him were the Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development ( 1998 ), the UNESCO Prize for Education Art in 2000 and the Adhikarya Rupa (Art Award) from the Indonesian government in 2014.