Purwanto was born in Jember, East Java in 1977. He was interested in Visual Art since Junior High School and started to teach himself art after graduating. He began to paint during his school days at SMAN I Ambulu ( National Senior High School I) and won some Visual Art competitions which were held by Kiss FM, a radio station in Jember. After graduating from Senior High School, he joined his art teacher to establish ” Panji Laras," an art workshop, and eventually pursued arts at ISI Yogyakarta. In 2012, he saw Thomas Ott’s scratchboard comics and started to explore the scratching technique on canvas. The sheer amount of random composition of thousands scratching lines seems to suggest that people be more patient and careful in reading and rereading the various nuances of social cultures that exist in humanity.
2015 “Bahtera Anak Pertiwi” (“Child Of Indonesian Ark”)
2010 “Senang-Senang” ("Have Fun”), Tujuh Bintang Art Space Yogyakarta
2009 “Rare View Mirror”, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta// “Jogja Deathmatch”, Roomate Gallery Yogyakarta// Komidi Putar (Merry-go-round), Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta & Bentara Budaya Jakarta// “Tanda Mata”, (Gift) Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta
2008 “Freedom Mon Decor Painting Festiival, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta & Galeri nasional jakarta//”#010#, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta //”Wathatitha”, Coral Gallery Yogyakarta
2002 “Serangan Fajar”, Benteng Vredeburg Yogyakarta.
2011 Vendor Mural at Art Visual studio in VMM Bekasi
2013 Artisan for painting property “Wedus Gembel”, Snuff Puppets Australia
2014 Ashley Bickerton’s Artisan
2012-2014 : Yogya Art Labs