Bapak Tungeh, 79, from Padang Tegal, Ubud is a painter and owner of Tungeh Gallery in Ubud. He has 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To work hard to be the best you can be at what you do.

What’s most important?
Painting and family.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
The same lesson life taught me.

Are you worried about dying?
No, but I will be sad to leave my family behind.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was much younger I studied with great painters like Walter Spies and Arie Smidt and helped with the founding of the Neka Gallery, which was a very productive time for me.

And the worst?
I don’t know if I’ve had a worst time. I’ve had a very happy life.

What’s humanity all about?
Learning and teaching.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I don’t know. I wish there weren’t so many, though.

Is a peaceful world possible?

Maybe in the past, yes, but now I don’t think so.

How old do you feel?
I feel quite old, but I’m still able to work and do everything for myself.

Is one lifetime enough?

How has Bali changed?
So much has changed. People who came here before came for the culture and art, but now they mostly come for the beach and partying.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, but it’s hard when the number of tourists goes down.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
I don’t know; I’ve never visited the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, never. I have always been Hindu and I always will be.

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