Sriwati Masmundari (Indonesia-Gresik)
Sriwati Masmundari (Gresik, 1904–2005) was a painter of damar kurung, a typical lantern from Gresik since the 16th century and commonly lit in the month of Ramadan. She dedicated her decades of life to developing the art of painting damar kurung lantern. With naive paintings, Masmundari projected the joys of childhood and put certain symbols which became an important part of local history.
During her productive days, Masmundari received several awards, including an invitation from President Soeharto to the Indonesian State Palace; Seniman Berprestasi Nasional (National Outstanding Artist) certificate from the Regent of Gresik (1991); and Seniman Kreator bidang Seni Rupa (Creator in Fine Arts) from the Governor Imam Utomo (2002). Her first solo exhibition was held at Bentara Budaya Jakarta in 1987. Since then, she started gaining recognition in Indonesian visual art scene. In 1989, six of her damar kurung paintings were featured on the cover of the Kompas (an Indonesian national newspaper) daily calendar. Her exhibitions included Pameran Kerajinan Indonesia, Balai Sidang Senayan, Jakarta (1991) and Seabad Masmundari, Bentara Budaya Jakarta (2005).