I Made Moja (Shadow Design) is a prominent Balinese painter, skilled in the traditional ink and watercolor technique of his native village of Batuan. The technique starts with a pen and ink sketch, which is shaded with Chinese ink for a 3-dimensional effect. Watercolor or acrylic paint is then added in a series of layers or “washes” and finished with bright highlights to complete the sense of depth and dimension. The compositions are often very detailed and complex, drawing from Hindu mythology, traditional village life, and nature. Moja’s Bay Area exhibitions have included Stanford Art Spaces, the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, Somarts Gallery, and Pro Arts. His work has also been shown internationally and featured in numerous books on the art and culture of Bali. Since coming to the US, Moja has branched out artistically. In addition to experimenting with new themes in his painting, he has become a primary dancer with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, an acclaimed Balinese orchestra and dance group. Moja and his wife Lisa own a gallery and import boutique called Désa Arts, located in Oakland. Their business specializes in art and décor from Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia.
*Other Ghosts of the River Artists: Octavio Solís, Larry Reed, Favianna Rodriguez, Cascada de Flores