Tisna Sanjaya was born 1958 in Bandung, West Java. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 1986. He went on to finish his Post-Graduate studies at DAAD Stipendium, Germany in 1998. He came in Top 10 at the Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards in 1995 and 1997. Prevalent themes in his works include problems of humanity, social concerns as well as politics. He has held numerous exhibitions abroad in Singapore, Korea, India, The Netherlands and Italy. He now teaches at the Bandung Institute of Technology, which makes him a civil servant and government employee, a status that he often uses as a satiric, ironical tool in his performance and installation works.