Tiarma Sirait is an exciting Bandung-based fashion artist who is presenting visually provocative & thought provoking installations, performances, textiles & fashions questioning all the conventional wisdoms both of the East & West.
She began to study painting from the senior artist Barli Sasmitawinata when she was in Junior High School. In 1994, she graduated from Faculty of Art & Design Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). In 1997, she started her own Private studio for fashion & painting; ‘Poleng Studio’. Her performance in design & fashion has been acknowledged by many international art institutions & she has intensively participated in many domestics & overseas exhibitions.
In the last 10 years she starts painting again & has participated in many exhibition & has received many astonishing awards in Creativity Designs & Art Awards from many countries; 2017 Excellent Skill Award from the Major of the Nowon-gu @World Youth Art Festival 2017 in Ajung Art Museum (Induk University), Seoul – Korea; 2015 Finalists of the Gudang Garam Indonesia Art Award (GGIAA) @National Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia & The 5th Annual Exposure Award competition, her photo has been hand selected for inclusion in the Architecture Collection @the Louvre museum, Paris – France. The fabulous artworks of ”2008 Won’t Ever Be“ have been chosen as the permanent collection of the Olympic Fine Arts Museum-China. Some of the honoring award experiences were the Excellent Award for the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th & 10th the China-Asean Youth Artwork Creativity Contest @Guangxi Nation Art Palace-China; besides: 2013 "Women & Culture" as one of the 10 women who had been working in the field of art & culture, which makes Indonesia known internationally @Grand Indonesia, Jakarta - Indonesia; 2011 One of Indonesia’s most experienced Fashion Designer from the Australia Unlimited Magazine’s version; 2009 Sariwangi Gold Selection, an Appreciation of Six of Indonesia’s Dedicated Woman Artists @Nikko Hotel, Jakarta – Indonesia; 2008 Finalist Australian Alumni Awards for Culture & Art @Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta–Indonesia; 2002 Winning to become an Indonesian Representative for the Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode 2002 @Carrousel du Louvre, Paris–France.
Tiarma was educated in the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Textile Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Fashion Design & a STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research & Higher Education) scholarship Program, Master in Fashion & Textile Design @University of Borås, Sweden.
She has exhibited extensively throughout Indonesia & in countries around the world such as: Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, United Kingdom, USA & others.