In 1986 Richard Horstman (b. 1964 Melbourne, Australia) first visited Ubud, Bali. He then returned to Indonesia regularly, pursuing his passion for surfing. His interest in Eastern cultures inspired him to travel throughout South East Asia, as well as to Japan, Hong Kong and China. In the early 1990’s he began making sculptures, exhibiting and selling works in galleries in Melbourne and from his home studio on Phillip Island.
In 2004 Richard began living permanently in Bali, he currently resides in Ubud, the island’s cultural and artistic heartland. His experience in Indonesia totals more than 23 years. He regularly visits museums and galleries attending fairs, exhibition openings, art discussions, auctions,and cultural programs locally, nationally, and in the region. Richard’s passion for art inspired him to write articles, first being published in 2007.
Richard’s role is as a mediator, or ‘bridge’, between the public and the art world, to aid in the communication of art and its understandings. He contributes articles and essays to the print and online media, and exhibition catalogues, while actively communicating with artists, curators, collectives, galleries and art spaces, art lovers, collectors and the public.
Since January 2018 he has held the position of art columnist for NOW!Bali Magazine and from the beginning of 2020 he is the Contributing Editor Indonesia for Asian Art News & World Sculpture News Magazines, along with regularly contributing to UbudLife magazine and the Jakarta Post newspaper.
Richard is the advisor at Ubud Diary, an art tourism presenter, and is well known in Bali for his contributions behind-the-scenes. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bali Art Society 2014-2015. One of his current projects is the compiling of data and information for his upcoming Bali art guide book to be published in 2021. On 30 November 2019 he launched his book Ubud Diary: Celebrating the Ubud School of Painting – the Diversity of the Visual Language.
As an artivist (art activist) he has a strong social platform and is committed sharing ideas and brainstorming with artists, gallerists, museum owners, auction houses and collectives about professional structuring, communications, vision, branding, building community and the on going development of the Bali art infrastructure.
Passionate about communicating the virtues of art, Richard believes art is a unique language that belongs to the community, with the power to transform lives. “Art is a force that empowers and unites people, while building community. Art makes our world a more beautiful, peaceful and meaningful environment.”