Over the past decade, Adam de Boer’s work has combined traditional Javanese crafts, such as wood carving and batik, with Western modes of oil painting. His urban scenes explore the visual textures, cultural minglings and socioeconomic realities of contemporary urban life. De Boer’s work depicts the cultural hodgepodge that is Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own Dutch-Indonesian immigrant heritage.


Adam de Boer earned an MA from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2012 and a BA from College of Creative Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006. 

De Boer was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Indonesia in 2017 to study indigenous Javanese crafts such as batik and woodcarving with local master craftspeople. 

Solo and two-person exhibitions of de Boer’s work include: Itinerant Vistas, a NADA Miami solo booth with Hunter Shaw Fine Art in Los Angeles, California (2020); Facing New Axes with Tammy Nguyen at Hunter Shaw Fine Art in Los Angeles, California (2020); Traveller’s Palm at Hunter Shaw Fine Art in Los Angeles, California (2018); Legacies Real and Imagined with Jumaldi Alfi at PT Jakarta Land and ISA Art Advisory in Jakarta, Indonesia (2018); Jungle Flame at Redbase Foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2017); Night Swimming at Hunter Shaw Fine Art in Los Angeles, California (2016); Bend Sinister with Sinta Tantra at Indonesian Contemporary Art Network in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2014). 

Group exhibitions showing de Boer’s work include: In Our Image, After Our Likeness at Gajah Gallery in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2021); Nature Morte at The Hole in New York City (2021); Curtain Twitching at Gazelli Art House in London, UK (2021); All The Days And Nights at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London, UK (2020); and EX NIHILO at Elevator Mondays in Los Angeles, California (2018).

De Boer currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.