Yuvi in “The Happy Jungle”

The Happy Jungle was painted by the artist, Diego Luister Berel especially for Yuvi.

Diego who is 17 years old lives in Jakarta, Indonesia with his family and attends the Daya Pelita Kasih Special Needs Centre. It was at this school that he discovered his passion for painting. Prior to attending this education centre, Diego’s family struggled for several years to find a suitable school for him. There were very few organisations in Jakarta which were equipped to look after children with Down syndrome.

It was at this school he discovered his passion for painting and where his talent was carefully nurtured and encouraged. Diego has since taken part in several painting exhibitions and has also had one of his paintings auctioned by Sotheby’s Jakarta.

Diego’s signature style fuses vibrant colours, creating movement and drama with his classic palette knife and brush. He continues to explore and experiment with various techniques and colour to produce inspirational paintings.

We were delighted when Diego agreed to paint a picture which would capture the essence of our spirit and our designs. From that Diego has created the inspiring “Happy Jungle”. This wonderful art work incorporates our motifs of the Singa (lion) and Hathi (elephant) in their natural habitat. We are extremely proud to have Diego’s painting as our first cover picture for our Stories.

We hope to continue supporting Diego’s artistic development and organisations such as the Daya Pelita Kasih Special Needs Centre which provide encouragement to their students to fulfil their potential and dreams.