In 1986 Richard Horstman (b. 1964 Melbourne) first visited Ubud, Bali, and 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 and from his home studio.
In 2004 Richard began living permanently in Bali, he currently resides in Ubud. He regularly visits the museums and fine art galleries in Bali, attending exhibition openings, art discussions, art auctions,and art and cultural programs locally, nationally, and in the SE Asia region. Richard’s passion for art inspired him to write articles on art and culture, first being published in 2007.
Richard’s role is as a mediator between the public and the art world, to aid in the communication of art and its understanding. He contributes articles and essays to the media, and exhibition catalogues, while actively communicating with artists, curators, collectives, galleries and art spaces, art lovers, collectors and the public.
He has contributed articles to the Jakarta Post and Jakarta Globe newspapers, Art Republik, Now! Singapore, Now! Jakarta, Arti, Art Malaysia, Indo Expat, UbudLife & Ubud Community News magazines. He is currently being published regularly in Indonesia’s largest English language newspaper the Jakarta Post. Richard is the advisor at Cata Odata Art Space, Ubud an art tourism presenter, and is well known in Bali for his contributions behind-the-sense. He was a member of the board of directors of the Bali Art Society 2014-2015.
Passionate about communicating and sharing the virtues of art, Richard is an art activist who believes art is a unique human language that belongs to the whole community, and that it has the power to transform people’s lives. “Everyone has a creative genius inside, we simply need to discover our passion inside,” he says. “Art and creativity is a force that positively empowers and unites people, while building community as well. Art makes our world a more beautiful and peaceful place.”