Susiawan is an artist and children’s arts educator in both Indonesia and Canada with over 20 years experience using the arts as a tool in learning. He pioneered alternative education using the arts for children in Indonesia – “Yayasan Anak Merdeka”/ Institute for Children’s Freedom of Expression (Bandung, West Java,1981). Susiawan holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Arts from the Faculty of Art and Design – Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia. He received the prestigious ASHOKA Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in pioneering and developing children’s activities using the arts in environmental education (1986). Susiawan developed an environmental education through the arts program in 8 public schools as a pilot project of the Cirebon Urban Development Project (CUDP, 1987 – 1995) where he trained teachers and students in community participation approach to develop a curriculum on environmental awareness. He worked as an art teacher in Green School Bali and pioneered lessons on natural dye batik painting, arts for sustainability and Balinese ritual arts (2009 – 2011).
Susiawan is passionate about working with children and the power of the arts. He brings his skill and love of visual arts and design to his work as a shadow puppet designer and workshop facilitator. He has worked in community centres, cultural centres and schools cross Toronto, Ottawa and Ontario. He trained in Integrated Art Institute, Toronto, Ontario (2001). He is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council, Artist in Education Grant (2003 – 2008) in delivering program for students in shadow puppetry.
Susiawan has trained student teachers in Japan and teachers in Indonesia in methods of using the arts as a tool in learning collaboratively and creatively. He is passionate about sharing his cultural arts with people of different cultural backgrounds and supports children in difficult circumstances in Indonesia and Canada. He has trained both in Canada and in Indonesia with gamelan teachers from a variety of musical traditions (Balinese and Javanese gamelan). He exhibited his paintings in Canada, Japan, Indonesia and Europe.
Susiawan is co-founder of Yellow Coco Creative Arts Centre, a community-based arts center in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali.