Prior to art school, Manik’s moniker was Young Artist, and his playful scenes of jungle life still hang in art markets around Bali. In 1995 he studied art at SMSR, in Indonesia’s cultural hub: Ubud, Bali. In retrospect, he gives thanks to all of his instructors for being very critical of his work. Having already a taste of success as an amateur, it was hard for Manik to take criticism, at that time. Manik is a dedicated Hindu and follows all traditions and ceremonies with care, and if a gesture strikes him with a feeling of exuberant purity and calm, he tries to remember it, for later.