Christian Fine Arts of Indonesia (SERUNI)

"The Beauty of His Love For All"

WISNU SASONGKO | JULY 18, 2013
Wisnu Sasongko is an Indonesian Christian artist and member of the SERUNI and the ACAA.


Christian art exhibition with SERUNI at GKI
(Indonesian Christian Chruch) 2012

Artists and spiritual initiators from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Bali and Manado convened in Bongor Ciawi in November 30, 2010 and founded the Seni Rupa Kristiani Indonesia also known as SERUNI. SERUNI, which also refers to the flower, Chrysanthemum in Indonesia, is a vehicle for the development of Christian art in Indonesia. They collaborate with churches, Christian colleges and institutions in Indonesia’s service agencies, and have supporters among intercessors, pastors, pulpit maids, pastoral ministers and academic institutions. Since its conception, SERUNI has held events such as art exhibitions and discussions at the Jakarta Kota Mandiri, MCU University Maranatha Bandung, Theologian School STT Jakarta, GKI (Indonesian Christian Church) Surya in Jakarta, Theologian School STT Amanat Agung and a solo art exhibition at the Galeri Pelita Univ. Pelita Harapan in Jakarta.

Christians have are more familiar with the use of music in sharing the gospel rather than the visual arts. This is why SERUNI was born to revive the Christian visual arts. The background of Christian faith and Indonesian identity are two foundations that develop the artistic awareness of its members. SERUNI’s vision and mission is as follows: “Christian artists should create art as part of a spiritual and cultural mission. Contemporary Christian art should embody freshness, beauty and courage, and declare unity in Christ. "

LEFT:SERUNI painting display on christian art discussion 2012 by FDTV Pelita Harapan University. RIGHT: Visual devotional through SERUNI art display at STT Jakarta (School of Theology Jakarta) Chapel, 2012.


SERUNI wants to be a foundation of the following: first, awareness that we live in the midst of plurality and cultural change. Artists may express their spiritual expression through contemporary art. There is church art here and contemporary art there, but the goal is to evoke the beauty of Christian spirituality. Second, a support group consist Christian art collectors and appreciators, galleries, academic institutions, media publications, observers and critics to assist in the development of Christian visual art. Finally, SERUNI wants to encourage the youth to love the visual arts, as a profession, as a practice, and as an academic course; and to serve as a resource for the growth and development of Christian art.

Christian visual art on discussion in School of Theology Jakarta (STT), 2012


Churches and theologians see the changes in the spiritual mission approach and this brings them face to face with the urgency of using the aesthetics-culture approach of art. There is still a strong preference for developing cultural and artistic life as opposed to the light of faith among the Christian community; but there are still a lot who foster a worship-inclusive attitude (or a vertical relationship), while their spiritual life is far from their world. This is different from what the cross symbolizes. Doesn’t the cross stand for both vertical and horizontal relationships? Through the expression and involvement with art, the faithful may evoke a sense of beauty ideals in the universal language. This is where the Christian faith dialogue should be created culturally. Through the development of Christian art, the church may arouse aesthetic beauty, majesty, romance and harmony in vertical and horizontal relationships. This is the time for Christian and art institutions to unite in mission work and to go forth and bring the work of truth-beauty-love to this world. For more information about SERUNI visit their website at http://serunii.wordpress.com.