Artist Bio

Jessica is an artist and art programmer born in 2000 in Jakarta. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Humanities (major in Extended Psychology).

Her artwork often responds to everyday social situations and questions about stereotypical beliefs in a community. Jessica combines her knowledge as an art programmer and artist to create community-based art projects and participatory works. Jessica showed her artworks in group shows such as Nandur Srawung #8 (2021), Manifesto: Pandemic (2021), Knox Immerse (2021) and her first duo exhibition Inside/Outside, at the ruangrupa gallery (2018). She held her solo exhibitions titled Look At My Paintings! (2019) in Intermission Gallery, 24 Hours Artist Talk (2019) in Serrum Gallery, and Sleepy Scent (2021) in Connection Arts Space Gallery.

Jessica's art programs aim to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and perspectives between community members. Jessica responded to social issues during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a free online educational and networking platform for young artists in South East Asia called Our Virtual Studio.

In 2021 Jessica received the Prince Claus Seed Awards for her works advocating racial justice, free expression, and civil society as an artist and cultural practitioner. She has received an artist residency from Way Over There Collective x Connection Arts Space (2021) and Remedial (2018). She completed a masterclass for creating research-based art under FX Harsono in Inkubator Inisiatif (2019-2021) and a study on art collectives under GUDSKUL (2019 & 2021).

Jessica is currently developing a body of work titled Comfort Object Project, exploring how adults achieve comfort. She currently manages the community art programs at Our Virtual Studio, Connection Arts Space, Intermission Gallery, and Ekstrak Collective.



  • Anonymous Women - Not the one concerned

Tetra | Fukuoka, Japan

  • Anonymous Women - Not the one concerned

Art Center ONGOING | Tokyo, Japan

  • Luminosity

Connection Arts Space | Melbourne, Australia

  • Nestings

Tributary Projects | Canberra, Australia


  • Am I Alone?

Projek Rabak & Ranerrim | Online

  • Knox Immerse

City of Knox | Melbourne, Australia

  • Nandur Srawung #8

Taman Budaya Yogyakarta | Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • Jessica Tanto's Solo Exhibition (CASxWOT)

Connection Arts Space | Melbourne, Australia


  • Pakistan Now

GUDSKUL | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Manifesto: Pandemi

Galeri Nasional | Online


  • The Art of Consumption

Intermission Gallery | Melbourne, Australia

  • Look At My Paintings!

Intermission Gallery | Melbourne, Australia

  • BFA/BVA 1st Year Exhibition

Monash Caulfield | Melbourne, Australia

  • Pertemuan Kelima Kami

RURU Gallery | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • 24 hours artist talk

Serrum Gallery | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Mata Jendela

Taman Ismail Marzuki: Galeri Cipta III | Jakarta, Indonesia


  • Outside/Inside

RURU Gallery | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Wonderful Indonesia

Blu Plaza | Bekasi, Indonesia


  • MEFEST: Beauty in Chaos

Suar Art Space | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Remedial

Gudang Sarinah | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Art Day

Ichthus | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • ORAT ORET: Visuaria

Mondo Huis | Semarang, Indonesia

  • Art Jam

Ganara Art Space | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • IMPACT: Calligraphy and Hand Lettering Exhibition

JKTYP | Jakarta, Indonesia


  • Selumit Kisah Indonesiaku

Cowel Tower | Jakarta, Indonesia


  • Linkar Rupa Visual Art Exhibition

Merak Gallery | Semarang, Indonesia

  • Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia (YSRI) Finalist Exhibition

Plaza Indonesia | Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Festival Of The Arts

ACS | Jakarta, Indonesia

Work Experience


  • Creative Community Founder, Director & Program Manager

Our Virtual Studio [since 2020]

Founded an online art community for Southeast Asian creatives of various ages to make art in the company of others, and learn art via online

  • Public Programs Coordinator

Connection Arts Space [since 2022]

Lead programs team at Connection Arts Space to deliver public programs

  • Calligraphy Art Teacher

Freelance [since 2017]

Teach calligraphy classes at Global Jaya Art Club, RURU Gallery, Anglo Chinese School, Dipofest 2019, Baiza Sushi, and self-organized group calligraphy classes.

  • Art Facilitator

Freelance [since 2015]

Organize and conducting arts and craft workshops for communities. Past workshops include watercolor, image transfer, live sketching, and various upcycling art projects in Marunda, HOME, SDN 1 Pagerpelah, Rumah Harapan, ACS, Baiza Sushi, and Remedial.


  • Public Programs Manager

Connection Arts Space [2019-2022]

Plan, manage, and run programs at Connection Arts Space. Including the workshop for Flora exhibition in 2020 and monthly crit sessions (Creative Critters).

  • Project Manager & Research lead

R&D Studios [2021]

Plan, coordinate and execute research for company profiles. Supervise team members to make sure researching tasks are completed within deadlines.

  • Project Manager & Programs Director

GUDSKUL EKOSISTEM: Arts Career Day [2021]

Initiator, project manager and programs director for an Indonesia-wide fine arts career day event.

  • Researcher

MulaZine [2020-2021]

Research to create educational aesthetic content at the Malaysian-based artist collective and online publication, MulaZine.

  • Events and Professional Development Officer

Monash Arts, Design and Architecture Student Society [2020]

Plan and run workshops to foster a warm community spirit in MADA and provide opportunities for student's professional development.

  • Shadow Teacher & Therapist Assistant

Sekolah Purba Adhika [2020]

Internship at a special needs school as a shadow teacher and collaborated with teachers to plan the arts & crafts and English lessons.

  • Art Community Founder & Facilitator

WADAH WARNA [2016-2018]

Founded WADAH WARNA, a community of young artists in Anglo Chinese School. Art workshops are held every week by either myself, one of the members, or a local artist from Jakarta.

  • Shadow Teacher & Therapist Assistant

HOPE special needs centre [2017]

Internship at HOPE special needs centre. I helped conduct classes for various age groups.

  • Teacher’s Assistant

Kinderland Bonavista Pre-School [2016]

Internship at Kinderland Bonavista as a teacher’s assistant, guiding students through class works, and brainstorm ideas for class activities.


  • Prince Claus Seed Awards

  • PORSENI Poetry Award. 1st place. 2018

  • REMEDIAL Art Exhibition. Top 5 best artworks. 2018

  • Honours day. Merits Award. ACS. 2017

  • TFC Magazine Wall Design. 1st Place. 2016

  • Academic Achievement. Top Student Award. 2016

  • Kompetisi Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia. Finalist. 2014

  • Familia Sanrio painting competition. 1st place. 2014

  • Jakarta Comic Fair Cosplay Battle. 3rd place. 2016

  • Olimpiade Sains Nasional kecamatan Cilandak. 3rd place. 2012

  • Twist and Turn Poetry Competition. Finalist. 2009



  • Bachelor's Degree

Monash University Australia (Undergraduates Degree) due 2022

Bachelor of Arts - Extended Major in Psychology

Bachelor of Visual Arts

  • Secondary School

Anglo Chinese School 2018

IB Diploma

  • Primary School

Ichthus International School 2012



  • Artist Development Program

Trocadero Art Space-2021

  • Artist Residency

Way Over There Collective & Connection Arts Space-2021

  • Masterclass FX Harsono: Creating research-based artworks

Inkubator Inisiatif- 2021

  • Art collective study

GUDSKUL-2019 &2021

  • Performance Art short course


  • Sewing short course

ESMOD- 2019

  • Art residency

Remedial – 2018

  • Film making short course

SAE Institute Jakarta – 2017



  • Introduction to Play Therapy

Psylution | 22 November 2020

  • Healing Through Art

Psylution | 7 September 2020

  • Introduction to Art Therapy: Level Basic

ART+i ART THERAPY JAKARTA | 2 September 2017

Crafts and Art

  • Dance Film

Dewan Kesenian Jakarta | 28 September 2018

  • Basic Pointed Pen Calligraphy

JKTYP | 3 May 2017

  • Air Dry Clay

Asem | I15 October 2016

  • Fabric Draping

Institut Kesenian Jakarta | March 2016

  • Urban Sketching

Urban GiGs | 12 March 2016

  • 3D Design, Design & Media, Fine Arts Workshop Art Camp

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts | December 2014

  • Student Sketch Workshop

Sketch Alcoholic | 19 October 2014


  • Violin Grade 9

Yamaha | 29 April 2012

  • Violin Grade 10

Yamaha | 12 February 2012