Indonesian Art identity

Diversity that characterizes the cultural basis of Indonesia has given birth to various types and forms of expression of the old Indonesian art. Based on the work found, Indonesian art is divided into four times, namely the prehistoric culture, ancient, middle, and a new era or modern. The diversity of works of art from prehistoric times, classical Hinduism, and Islam, not only arose because the influence of foreign cultures are not equal, but also because of the birth and development influenced the natural environment.

The identity of Indonesian art-identified as a local Hindu genius who experienced the process of acculturation and inculturation for centuries. Manifestations and the diversity of styles based on the continuity of expression values Indonesian native art traditions enriched with elements from other arts such as from China and Campa.

Cultural patterns Hindu feudal era are still maintained and color forms of art expression time of the kings of Islam. The formation of Islamic culture that originated from India and made Gujarat Hindu-Parsi culture colored part of Islamic culture in Indonesia. Hindu tradition of decoration is dominated by floralistis become distinctive style of Islamic decorative art in Indonesia.

Documentation of this artwork shows a plurality of styles of art expression Indonesia since the colonial government as a result of losing the meaning of continuity of tradition that could produce a new creation. Of contact with European culture is only based on trade and military interests have resulted in the western culture does not work with the art form artistic values intact. Forms of art works that resembles western culture is only imitation of foreign art without melali acculturation process.