Beside its natural beauty, Ubud is also known as center if famous painters in Bali. Culture and nature have influenced the style and spirit of the paintings. Initially those artist were doing it for pleasure. Painting was a hobby. But now there are many people live from painting. Initially painter was a second profession but now day it has been a job for them.
The reason why painting grows in Ubud much more than other areas is because there are many great painter from other country live in Ubud. Not only now but before the tourism booming. They came from Europe and decided to live and spent rest of their life in Ubud because they were falling in love to Ubud. There are so many source of inspirations they found in Ubud. Unlimited art explorations are waiting for them here.
The local people then learn the knowledge and techniques from those igreat painters. Some of them even have their own style. For example Gusti Lempad and Ida Bagus Made. They have their own style which inspired many other younger artist to explore their talents.
Now in this modern era, the education level of the people increased but people in Ubud still hold their noble traditions. Therefore source of inspirations are still widely available for those searching for unlimited art explorations. You may try to walk along the alley in Ubud, you will see many inspirations can be found here. The people, the nature and also the daily activities of the villagers.
Museum also take an important role in maintaining Ubud as center of paintings in Bali. The fine art are displayed in many museums in Ubud. Ratna Warta Museum, Agung Rai Museum, Neka Museum and many others are the main supporter of the growth of the painting art in this area. So if you are in Bali, a visit to Ubud will complete your experience on your holiday.