"My full name is Anak Agung Gede Bagus Ari Panji Widya Pratista -- such a long name given to me by my parents!""My full name is Anak Agung Gede Bagus Ari Panji Widya Pratista - such a long name given to me by my parents! Our Indonesian names reflect our customs and the importance we give to family heritage. According to our traditions, my names mean the following: Anak Agung implies royal lineage; Gede tells that I am the first child; Bagus literally means handsome and also indicates I am male, and Ari Panji Widya Pratista is my real name.
"However, people call me Gung Gus, short for Agung Bagus.
"I was born and raised in Ubud, which allowed me to be in touch with artisans on a daily basis. Most of my family members are carvers - carving is our family heritage. You could say I developed an ability to carve just by seeing my relatives at work everyday.
"Other than carving, I also love to paint so after trying different procedures I finally found a way to combine wood carving with painting.
"My parents were adamant we had a higher education, so they sent my brother and me to college. We were expected to study hard and carve during our spare time in order to support our studies. Times were hard then, but I knew counted on my parents unfailing support; they kept telling me, 'work is a must, but with good education people will respect you even more.'
"I enjoy working with Novica because my work can reach people outside Bali and I feel respected as an artisan. I like the fact that Novica wishes to promote Balinese artists and artisans on an international level."
39 items by Gung Gus
7 Testimonials for Gung Gus
I have purchased multiple items from Gung Gus. He has such intricate detail to his paintings on the mask. His painted butterflies, flowers, and birds have such detail.
Long Beach, CA
I just received my ""Buddha in Nature"". It took my breath away and I am beyond pleased. The gift wrap was so beautiful and the small doll made of husk was almost so nice I hated to unwrap it. Thank you so very much for sharing your artistry with the world. I can tell you that this piece is already one of my most favorite, it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I am humbled and grateful to have one of my own to bless my new home. Terima Kasih, Gung Gus. :)
Dear Mr. Gus, I just received your wood statuette "" offering"". I am so very, very pleased with your work of art. The detailing is beautiful and I love the colors. I am so glad that I purchased this item. My order arrived in excellent condition, thanks to the great packaging by the Novica staff. Rochelle K. N.J. July 10, 2012