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Yucca Rose – Biography (as contemporary painter, installation artist and artistic director of Rose Entertainment ONLY – the jazz musician and acting/performance biography can be found at

Yukke Roswenda Rose, better known as Yucca Rose, is a noted jazz vocalist and contemporary painter from Malang in East Java, where she was born on June 21th, 1979 as the third child of a modern and open minded family, who nurtured artistic ambitions in all their children.

The creative freedom and support from parents and older siblings installed self esteem and empowered the young woman - she found herself sure about her role in life from an early age on, when she, only a young teenager, actively immersed herself in artistic and journalistic endeavors - beginning to draw caricatures, interviewing community members, and creating a successful monthly school magazine with drawings, sketches, cartoons and running the magazine as editor at large.

Given the fact that many art programs in Indonesia during the late 90s were cut from curriculums, she funded her projects through a small personal foundation. This Journalism, Communication and Arts foundation, which she established in High School, still exists to this date - actively supporting young creative minds.

To further her (by then already multiple) creative career choices, she moved to Jakarta to study Graphic Design at Interstudy Desain Grafis and Jazz Vocals / Jazz Ensemble at Elfa Music Studio and Institut Music Daya Indonesia.

This important move to the Capital Region of Indonesia gave her more creative exposure and opportunities – also allowing her to become part of the then famed Jakarta Community Painter network. Her early paintings were rough and showed obvious signs of inexperience, yet displayed a fresh breath of innocence and pure childlike joy, which was immediately recognized by a few established Jakarta based artisans, who then carefully guided her on her path to becoming a professional contemporary painter without loosing her identity.

Having never received a full formal education as a painter can now be seen as a blessing as she retained her natural naiveté – a colorful innocence and romantic purity. Longing and belonging are most appropriate key words for most of her unique paintings, which are now more and more recognized - finding their way into collections worldwide.  

In addition to her career as contemporary painter, Yucca Rose also enjoys rising popularity as #1 ranked Indonesian Jazz singer (with Global Jazz positions at #11) and this year took on a new challenge – becoming a theatrical actress in two of her own theatrical productions. (Please see details of her musical and theatrical experience in her separate biography at

In 2011, she founded Rose Entertainment - a Jakarta based entertainment production company with outlets in Bali and Singapore - focusing on the development of high-end theatrical shows, contemporary and traditional art festivals, the creation of art installations and showcases as well as the planning and execution of large music events for an upscale clientele.

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Exposures and exhibitions:

1999 – Winner of Senior High School Poster Competition (Title: Indonesian Unity).

1999 – Winner Graphic Design Competition for University of Indonesia (Title: What You Wanna Be).

1999 – 3rd Place Perspective Drawing Contest for Jayabaya Technical University.

2002 – Opened the family art gallery Kenino with her sister Rosita Yaya and her sister-in-law Lani.

2002 – Studied contemporary painting styles with Odji Lirungan in Jakarta.

2002 to 2005 – Participated in the permanent “Karya Prajurit” exhibition at WTC building in Jakarta.

2006 to 2007 – Participated in “Pesona Milenia” art exhibition at Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta.

2008 – Participated in “Barli Community” exhibition with Masagoeng and Rendra Santana at Bale Seni Barli in Bandung.

2008 – Studied Realistic Concepts with Masagoeng in Jakarta.

2009 – Finalist Arti Magazine “Action Painting” competition (National Museum/Arti Magazine/Green Gallery), which resulted in first commercial auction of Yucca Rose paintings.

2009 – Invited by internationally acclaimed Jakarta based contemporary painter Arifin Neif to showcase her artwork

2009 – Commissioned paintings (Theme: Traditional Indonesian life style – acrylic on wood-boxes and doors) for Concept Gallery, Kemang, which were mostly sold to US clients.

2010 – Televison appearances with interviews (Profesi Jakarta) and art showcases at O-Channel, Metro TV and TVRI National.

2010 – Growing artistic recognition, resulting in Eve magazine interview - voted one of the “most inspiring women in Indonesia”.

2010 – Featured editorial in Chic magazine about her traditional paintings on recycled wood.

January-June 2011 – Artistic Co-Director - costumes, sets, stage design and story boards for the Cirque Du Soleil style theatrical show “Regalia - The Enchanted Forest” at Bali Theater (Bali Safari and Marine Park), created by Raining Heart Productions and realized by Swiss designer Orlando Bassi - Sari Rambut/Bali Movie Studios (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.).

July 2011 – Founded Rose Entertainment - a Jakarta based production company with outlets in Bali and Singapore - focusing on the development of high-end theatrical shows, contemporary and traditional art festivals, the creation of art installations and showcases as well as the planning and execution of large music events for an upscale clientele.

Shows: Regalia - The Enchanted Forest Cirque Show, Padamu Negeri Multimedia Show, Color Box Art Installation, Reveal Art Installation, and Barocca Rock Opera.

Clients: Petronas Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum, Fashion TV, Sony/BMG, Bali Theater, W-Hotel, Hyatt Hotels etc.

July 2011 – Art Installation “Reveal” for a private event at W-Hotel in Seminyak, Bali.

July-August 2011 - Artistic Director and Lead actress/performer - costumes, sets, stage design and show creation for a new theatrical multimedia extravaganza “Padamu Negeri – My Indonesia” – designed as a touring show for Europe and the Middle East in 2012. A spin-off cast featuring an all female vocal group, the “Padamu Negeri Jazz Vocal Ensemble” will be performing at selected European Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs in late 2012.

August-September 2011 – Participation at Singapore Art Festival with two art and light installations.

September 2011 - Artistic Director - costumes, sets, stage design and show creation for a new exhilarating theatrical show “Barocca – A Modern Rock Opera” which is slated for a Jakarta premiere in early 2012.

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