Born into a family with an entrepreneur father, Jihane had always been a creative soul, painting in her notebooks and getting involved in all types of art-related projects. By the time she was 14, she started painting professionally and has since become a highly-talented artist and renowned artist in Indonesia’s colorful art scene. One of the biggest exhibits she has exhibited so far is the Diemen International Poetry and Art Festival, where she created a nudes artwork for one of the pieces. The pieces she’s created for the convention were themed around traditional Indonesian art and mythology. She has also created a series of colorful, patriotic designs with “Inkong” that are designed to inspire Indonesians, such as for their country’s independence day.
Early Life and Education
Jihane was born in a rather modest and humble family. Her father, Asfriyanto, had no education beyond the primary level, and he encouraged his only daughter to study more hard-hitting subjects like law. Jihane went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in law from Soerabaja University, the capital of West Java. But her education didn’t end there; she continued her studies at the Rondawel Utrechts Institut Voor Wetenschappen, a multidisciplinary Dutch university located in the Netherlands, and received a master’s degree in business administration. Jihane’s parents died when she was still young, and she was forced to care for herself and her siblings. Her father had sent her to live with her older brother.
Jihane had been studying art at high school since the age of 11, and graduated at 15. During her years at university, she studied sculpting, drawing, and painting. Upon graduating, she became a full-time professional artist. Her works, which she sells at her own gallery, can be seen around her hometown in Jakarta, as well as other regions of the country. Celebrity Status Chedid has been celebrated by local and international art critics, and several of her works have been on display in prestigious museums. One of her most well-known pieces is called Cat Lady II, which reflects a woman looking into her closet, trying to choose which one of her cats to get rid of. She also specializes in sculptures, and has won numerous prizes for her designs.
Jihane Almira Chedid has been married to a well-known chef and restaurateur Agus Prasetyo for 15 years. The couple have two sons, who were conceived in a less conventional way. Agus was working as a chef at one of Jakarta’s top restaurants, Hanze Restaurant, when Jihane had to take a few days off for health reasons. He used the opportunity to explore some of the finer parts of Jakarta by himself, but not in a typical manner. Instead, he called Jihane up one night, describing the girl he was meeting as a special girl, as he couldn’t decide what to do with her. Jihane agreed, and when Agus arrived at the girl’s door, he was greeted by Jihane, who had a bouquet of white roses in her hand.
Aside from being an artist, Jihane is also a graduate of the Basuki Tjahaja Ratu University, but she doesn’t hold a single academic degree to her name, leaving her financially independent. In 2017, Jihane revealed that she’s worth nearly half a million US dollars. This estimate was made based on her speaking engagements, her studio sales, and her number of works. She’s now a famous fixture of the art scene, being offered multiple exhibitions a year. Jihane is also well-known in her native country, having been published in magazines and newspapers several times. Known for preferring to live on her own terms, Jihane even refuses to settle down with a man who can’t earn enough money to support her.
Jihane’s father, an amateur painter, passed away when she was only six years old, so the foundation of her painting education was laid at home. Jihane’s mom, who does not paint, also serves as a mentor and moral support. Jihane first showed her talent for painting at age 16, and her mother encouraged her to share her passion for art with the public. She was introduced to art by painting her mother’s portrait, and as a result, her mother started painting to pay homage to her. Jihane’s uncle, known as her father’s brother, is a painter and sculptor. Jihane currently has three siblings, who all share her love for art. Biggest Challenges Jihane spends most of her time at her studio in Cilegon, Banten, so not much time is left for the other things that life has to offer.
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