Andy Sahraya was born in a cold city; Berastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia. After graduating high school Sahraya traveled to Jogia to study law, where he was to discover a vibrant and inspiring artistic community. After two years of studying law Sahraya transferred his studies to the Indonesian Institute of Art Yogyakarta and graduated with Honours in 2007.
Sahraya’s love affair with art has since brought him to Bali, where he has developed his practice over the last eight years. In late 2013 he and his wife (Australian ceramic artist Kristi Pupo) opened Heyokah Art House, the first artist run initiative in Ubud. It is here that Sahraya completed a body of work three years in the making - Noah’s Ark.
In this series Sahraya explores the idea of seeing one’s self in the character of the animal, and concentrated on being guided by the spirit of these creatures in his painting. The birth of Sahraya’s son, Noah, in February 2015 coincided with the completion of the Noah’s Ark series, and has only strengthened Sahraya’s message - that regardless of ones spiritual beliefs we are not only custodians of this planet, but are as connected to it as the animals he paints.