"Through my art I do hope to provide a good life and a better future for my family, especially for my little child."
It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the death of Ketut Taram from lung cancer. "He was the best man I ever knew, and the best husband I could ever hope for. He always made me feel loved loved. He was always gentle and caring, especially with our children -- he never got angry and always had a great capacity for understanding," Seji his wife told us. Always happy and smiling, Taram's carving legacy will be continued by Seji. A Novica friend and artisan, we will be much missed by all of us.
"My name is Ketut Taram and I was born in the Gianyar regency, Bali, in 1967. I learned how to create my first sculpture from my older brother, Made Mudiawan. From 1975 until 1990 I worked primarily in suar wood. Then, from 1990 until 2000, I made the sculptures from sandalwood. Lately, I enjoy sculpturing with both.
"I began carving on my own in 1992; before I'd worked together with my older brother, saving until I had enough money to open my own workshop. There are five people working with me now.
"Balinese culture and tradition inspire my artwork. As the son of Wayan Kicen, a wood carver, it is easy and enjoyable for me to transfer my imagination into my work.
"I have participated in several exhibitions around Bali. Thank you Novica for promoting my artwork to the whole world. Through my art I do hope to provide a good life and a better future for my family, especially for my little child."
With wings spread and neck arched in a pose of intimidation, a dragon inspires awe. Nyoman Karsa sculpts each shiny scale and claw in a beautiful relief panel. Dragons are a recurrent theme in Balinese art, heralded for their divinity. Highly respected....read more
Ketut Taram carves a handsome panel in honor of Lord Krishna. According to the Mahabharata, he was sent to Earth to rid it of evil, thus supporting the Pandawa brothers in legendary battle. Krishna charmed everyone with the sweet tunes of his flute,....read more
Ketut Taram transforms Balinese suar wood into a beautiful wall sculpture. Frangipani blossoms nestle beneath the Hindu omkara symbol. Known as om or aum, omkara is the root of all sounds, emitted as a mantra during meditation. It....read more
In a beautiful, almost mystical forest, elephants rejoice as they freely bathe in crystalline waters. An eagle shares in their joy as it makes its descent on a treetop. Ketut Sandi tells a story through highly detailed images in high relief. He carves....read more
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