Kus Budiyanto’s works are visually appealing and lively, infusing traditional Indonesian motifs, vibrant batik prints, influences from Javanese ceremonies and even riveting stories from Wayang Kulit (Indonesian shadow puppetry). Yet these traits belie a much darker reality. The artist critiques on the socio-political and economic struggles of the everyday man and the rapidly changing landscapes of his hometown. He uses the medium of art to document, preserve and regale stories that are unspoken and almost forgotten. Indeed, Kus’s storytelling is compelling, rich in its imagination yet humble in its essence.