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Dive into the rich intricacies of the Keliki painting tradition, which depict a plethora of Balinese imagery in the tiniest of frameworks.

Explore your artistic talent at Keliki Art School, which is unique to the village of Keliki and is one of the 5 recognized art forms in Indonesia.

Conceived by a farmer, I Ketut Sana in the 1970s, the Keliki style was, to a large extent, the local response to a growing tourist industry. The locals wanted to create a beautiful memento that the visitors could easily take back to their home countries. Hence, the miniature size of Keliki style paintings.

Keliki style paintings are mostly done on paper with Chinese ink and generally depict a romantic interpretation of daily life in the island’s rural villages, the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna, as well as Hindu myths and local folklore. The style is famous for its rich gradations and extreme detail, both of which demand hours of prolonged concentration from the painter.


Keliki style paintings are mostly done on paper with Chinese ink and generally depict a romantic interpretation of daily life in the island’s rural villages, the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna, as well as Hindu myths and local folklore.

Let your creative juices flow at Keliki Art School as you spend your morning in the very capable hands of I Wayan Gama, renowned as one of the maestros of Keliki. The family compound in which the Keliki Art School is nestled is owned by Wayan, who opened the free-of-charge painting school in 2005 in an effort to preserve the then-declining Keliki painting style.

Having begun his career as a professional painter back in 2002, Wayan later set up a painting school for children to keep traditional Keliki painting skills and culture alive. This is your opportunity to learn from the master and create an exquisite piece of art to remember your time at Capella Ubud.

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Capella Ubud, Bali

Jl. Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa 
Desa Keliki, Kecamatan Tegallalang 
Ubud, Gianyar 
Bali 80561, Indonesia 

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