Born in Tabanan, 14 November 1951, Nuarta was brought up in the village by his “kelihan Adat” ( Village Chief ) uncle. He grew up very close to nature and learned the importance of guarding the harmony between human and The Creator, human with nature and human tohuman relationship ( Tri Hita Kirana ).
Hence, most of his artworks reflect this veryimportant Balinesse life philosophy. Nuarta’sprofessional career began when he was stilla student of the Faculty of Fine Arts and De-sign, Bandung Institute of Technology ( ITB ).
He joined the “Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indo- nesia” ( the Indonesian New Art Movement )in 1977 and actively participated in the group’s exhibitions. His name started to gain popular-ity after he won the Indonesia’s Proclamators Monument competition in 1979 just before hegraduated from ITB. Nuarta was appointed tobuild the statue of Soekarno, Indonesia’s firstpresident.
Not long after, Nuarta’s name began to rise to prominence and soon he confirmed his repu-tation as one of Indonesia’s foremost modern sculptor by creating numerous masterpiecesand building monumental statue such as “Arju- na Wijaya” in Jakarta, the 60 meter tall “Jalesve- va Jayamahe”, housed in the Naval base com- plex in Surabaya. In August 2018, he completedhis most ambitious project the “Garuda WisnuKencana” monument in Bali which stands 121 m above the ground, marking it as the third tallest monument in the world.
Nuarta’s contribution in arts and culture hasbeen appreciated in many ways. He was award- ed “Ganesha Widya Jasa Adiutama” in 2009and 2018 by Bandung Institute of Technology,“ Satyalancana Kebudayaan ” in 2014 by thePresident of Indonesia, and received “ Padma Award 2018” in Padma Shri category by the President of India in 2018. His works spread across Indonesia, Asia Pasific, Europe, andmany other parts of the world.