Albert Yonathon Setyawan


1980. Bandung, West Java, Indonesia


Indonesian, Japanese

Lives & Works

Tokyo, Japan


Albert Yonathan Setyawan is a contemporary ceramic artist based in Tokyo, Japan. Concerned with repetitions—why we form patterns in daily life, as well as the materiality and genealogy of clay in cultural context, Setyawan has built an artistic practice in the field of contemporary ceramic art, while also translating his conceptual ideas into various mediums such as drawing, multi-media installation, performance and video documentation.

Setyawan earned his MFA degree in Visual Art from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. Following that, he moved to Kyoto, Japan, to continue his research in contemporary ceramic art at Kyoto Seika University, where he received his doctoral degree. He participated in several major exhibitions such as the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013; SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, in 2017; and Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT Canberra, in 2019.

His works are in the collections of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; Tumurun Private Museum, Solo, Indonesia; POLA Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan; OHD Museum, Magelang, Indonesia; Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan.

Artist Statement

As a ceramic artist, one of the things I really enjoy working with clay is that it has the ability to express time. It captures traces of time in the metamorphosis of its natural states and also in how it is being shaped, formed and moulded.

I am drawn to explore the idea of ‘impermanence’ as opposed to the effort of securing a sort of permanent aesthetic qualities many makers strive to achieve in their works. I am interested in exposing the process of making, how shapes are altered, changed, and even dissolved by the process of making and producing itself.

For this project I chose to make replicas of ‘natural’ objects (sticks and stones) reproduced through slip casting technique. The process will start by producing one mould for each of the objects and by repeatedly using the same moulds to reproduce the forms for an indefinite time, the shape of the objects will change gradually, diminishing their own initial forms.

Acknowledgements & Collaborators

Represented by Mizuma Art Gallery.

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Exhibiting at

John Curtin Gallery

JCG is one of WA's foremost public art galleries and curates the Curtin University Art Collection, located at Curtin's Bentley campus.


Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102