Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto uses experiential ethnographic re/search as a prominent intertwining mode of existence. Hartanto’s works explores the decontextualization of material cultures and how it is perceived, understood and ritualized in practice. For Hartanto, decolonizing the ontologies of ˈaɾt/kunst, is to reclaim Sani, a way of living which involves offering, service and search of the unknown. A recreation of pilgrimages, sacred spaces and woven cloths are products of this practice, et al. The works and experiences of Sani may or may not be archived, documented or shared. What's left are remnants and evidence of materials that takes place in Sani.

Prior to his comparative art studies, Hartanto was an apprentice for a Javanese master weaver, in East Java. He was awarded the William Daley Award for Excellence in Art History and a Craft Field, 2017 and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design: Fiber Arts Departmental Honors, 2018. He teaches craft practice & theory and design ontologies to Artisans in Java, Bali and the United States. Hartanto also worked for Museum Tekstil in Jakarta, non-profit organization Bebali-Foundation in Bali and now he’s a textile craft school developer and ethnographer at Rumah Sukkha Citta in Java.


All School Show 2015, at Godine Gallery | Boston, USA. 2015
All School Show 2016, at Presidents Gallery | Boston, USA . 2016
(In)visibility, curated by Austen Shumway, at Godine Gallery | Boston, USA. 2016
TINCTUS: Contemporary Translations on Natural Dyeing, curated by Alexander Sebastianus & Dori Badics, at East Tower Lobby, MassArt College | Boston, USA. 2016

Cultural Context Vol. I, at Student Gallery by Veronica Pedrosa | Boston, USA. 2017
Fort Point Channel Arts Fair, curated by Stephen Hamilton, at Fort Point Channel | Boston, USA. 2017
Between You and Me curated by Marissa Cote, at Godine Gallery | Boston, USA. 2017
Materialisms: Work from the MassArt Fiber Program curated by Judith Leeman and Angela Drakeford at Gallery@ArtBlock | Boston, USA. 2017

“Nothingness, carrying being in its heart”, curated by Austen Shumway, at Distillery Gallery
| Boston, USA. 2018
Retooling Critique, for Anti-Racist Classroom Conference 2018 , at ArtCenter Gallery
| Pasadena, CA. USA. 2018

Reading Room, curated by Billie Lee and Caroline Woolard, at Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School | Hartford, CT. US. 2019
RasaSastra: Beginnings curated by Elghandiva Tholkhah at Kopi Kalyan | Jakarta, Indonesia. 2020
Arisan Karya Vol. I, art raffle, at Museum MACAN | Jakarta, Indonesia 2020
Kala- Masa, at OPPO Art Jakarta 2020, Art Agenda JKT | Jakarta, Indonesia 2020 
Humdrum Hum, at ISA Art & Design | Jakarta, Indonesia 2020
Maserati x Alexander Sebastianus, at ASHTA District 8 | Jakarta, Indonesia 2021
The Thinking Hand, at Unearth Space | Jakarta, Indonesia 2021


Dari (Coming froms), at DMC 103 | Boston, USA. 2018
Interwoven: A weavers recalling of time, at Art Agenda JKT  | Jakarta, Indonesia 2020
Abdi Alam pt. I, at Omah Budoyo, ISA Art and Design | Jogjakarta, Indonesia 2021


Monson Arts |  Maine, USA. 2018
Haystack Mountain School of Craft  |  Maine, USA. 2017


Fresh Faces: Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto by By Ho See Wah, Art and Market | Singapore. 2020
“Ketenangan Seni Alexander Sebastianus di  Maserati Gallery Jakarta” by Syahmedi Dean. LUXINA.ID | Indonesia, 2021
CHECK-IN. An Inclusive Anthology of Voices, by Art and Market  |  Singapore. 2021
Tatler Indonesia, July 2021. “Tomorrow and Today” by Deborah Iskandar  |  Indonesia. 2021


Departmental Honors for Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber Arts 2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Boston, USA

Penland Summer Scholarship
 | 2015
Dean Design Scholarship | 2016
Theresia India-Young Scholarship
 | 2016
William Daley Award for Excellence in Art History and a Craft Field 
| 2017
Annual Barbara L. Kuhlman Scholars Award | 2017
Helen Blair Crosbie Sculpture Award 
| 2018

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