Bujangan Urban was born and raised in Jakarta. He started his career as a professional artist from the walls of the capital’s streets and actively engaged in art on the streets and other public spaces. Because of his passion for spray paint and graffiti culture, starting with tagging his name on alleys and school, Bujangan Urban has been familiar with tagging since his elementary school days in the late 90s.
When he entered high school, Bujangan Urban began to be influenced by popular cultures, such as punk rock music. He was introduced to a new culture, especially in graffiti. It started by honing his ability to design logotypes for bands and drawing leather jackets using enamel paint for some of his friends in the community. Entering college, his artistic talent for street art became more pronounced since joining the most famous graffiti crew at that time, ARTCOHOLIC, at a private campus in Blok M, South Jakarta.
With Artcoholic, Bujangan Urban began to network with friends from various cities and intensely responded to the walls of the streets of Jakarta to other cities in Indonesia and several cities in other countries. In 2010 with Artcoholic, he co-founded Gardu House, which is now part of the development of graffiti in Indonesia.
Bujangan Urban uses his iconic flower tag, which is usually called CAPITAL FLOWER, as a medium of work and wants to make it a pop icon of urban civilization. so that at every opportunity, various cities will display the icon. CAPITAL FLOWER has become part of the subculture music culture on multiple levels. And it has become a brand/icon representing urban culture in the form of products, including clothing, food, and housing.
On Extended Asia, 2022 – Vol. 3: Discovery, Bujangan Urban created an A/V work with his graffiti works and soundscapes, composed with animated collages.
Image by Bujangan Urban
This work is part of “Islandwide Coverage,” a multi-site, multi-author project by AWKNDAFFR is an artistic operation situated at the intersection of art, theory, and praxis by Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min.
Part of “Natasha,” Singapore Biennale [SB2022]—across a network of sites, including the Singapore Art Museum [SAM] at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. It will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.