Setyo Mardiyatoro was born in Java, Indonesia the 13/04/64 and got a degree in Agricultural technology at the National University of Jember, Indonesia in 1990. In '91 he came to Italy to follow his real vocation which is artistic. At present he lives in Naples where he works as a painter.
In his work there is all the history of his experience which has matured in two completely different worlds similar only for their richness and variety of traditional cultures and the production of works of art. The remembrance and the nostalgia for an exuberant nature can be seen in the Italian landscapes which admiration covers with a golden light and which are enriched with stylized birds, the symbol of sentiments and thoughts which they have recalled up. Images of oriental fairy tales, mythological scenes and animals confront one another with the enigmatic faces of western women in thoughtful attitudes. In his first works he is inspired by the technique of Indonesian Batik, where the "tik" is the drop of wax used to leave a point uncolored. In his contact with traditional western art he has found that pointillism is particularly near in it's results to this technique and he is inspired by this in his latest works