I Ketut Soki (born 1946 in Balinese) is a booming artist from Bali. As a boy, he was one of the first two kids to receive art lessons from the famous artist Arie Smit, and fittingly one of the founders of the “Young Artists” movement.
In 1960, Arie Smit went for a promenade through the rice fields in Penestanan, Bali, and found a young boy drawing pictures in the sand. Smit invited the guy to his studio and gave him crayons and paper. The herald of the young guy was I Nyoman Cakra. As a authenticated Balinese, Nyoman didn’t want to be alone, so he asked, “Can my nephew come too?” His nephew was I Ketut Soki and these two youths became Smit’s first pupils.
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