Mangku Mura, Balinese Artist
The Painter of Stories
Mangku Mura (1920-1999) was considered somewhat of an outsider because he came from Banjar Siku, a ward within Kamasan village but not one of the two wards in the village where the painters traditionally reside (Banjar Sangging and Banjar Pande Mas). He was taught to paint as a young man by some of the artists from Banjar Sangging. Mangku Mura was also consecrated as the mangku (temple priest) of a small clan temple in Banjar Siku and adopted this title as part of his name as a painter. He was the closest informant to Anthony Forge and produced, via commissions, many paintings now in Forge’s collection. Mangku Mura also told the narratives depicted in the paintings. Forge documented him during the process of painting.
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Dr Stan Florek , Database Manager