Artist: Sunarni Puji Lestari
Sunarni Puji Lestari was born in Malang, East Java in 1968.
At a very early age,she showed a natural talent for art and design, particularly interested in portraiture, nature and in the wealth of historical culture and religious ceremonies of Bali. Lestari was educated in Malang and held her first art exhibition at the age of seventeen while still at senior high school.
Progressing to university in Surabaya, she visited Bali for the first time as part of her studies. The influence of this visit has stayed evident in her subsequent work. Graduating from university in 1994 with a Masters Degree, Lestari has since worked in several Indonesian locations as a painting artist and designer, particularly Surabaya, Malang, Jakarta, Lombok and of course Bali and during this time has held many more exhibitions of her work.
In 2006 she married an Englishman, and came to the UK in 2007 and now uses the name Lestari James. Since coming here she has been busy working on her portfolio.