Nyoman Rudana is a member of the Regional Representatives Council of Indonesia. Known as a patron of the arts in the country, he is the founder and owner of Museum Rudana, Rudana Fine Art Gallery and Genta Fine Art Gallery and also founder of artist support organizations in Ubud, Bali.
Rudana's teenage years were spent visiting art museums and watching other artists work. He later became a dancer in the Balinese dance opera group during high school. He finished high school in Denpasar in 1968 and attended Teacher College in Madiun city, East Java. He returned to Bali in 1970 as an apprentice math teacher in a Junior High School. He was married in 1973, and has two sons and two daughters.
In 1974, Rudana developed The Rudana Painter Community at the Sanur beach area to help local artists in selling their products. In 1978, he established the Rudana Fine Art Gallery in Ubud with a mission of making Balinese arts more widely known to visitors visiting the island. It was also intended to encourage local artists to develop their individual styles and grow the local art industry as well. For his work promoting Indonesian arts, The Artists Association of Indonesia presented him with the Lempad Prize in 1985.
Concerned that Balinese and Indonesian artistic heritage was being taken overseas, Rudana established Museum Rudana in Peliatan village, Ubud. It's cornerstone was laid on 22 December 1990 with a serial of Balinese ceremony. The museum officially opened in 1995 with the goal of preserving Indonesian arts. On December 14, 1994, Rudana received the Upakarti Award from President Suharto in appreciation for his action in preserving Indonesian arts and his contribution in the development of small scale industries in Bali.
In 1995, Rudana also founded The Rudana Art Foundation to help develop and promote art in Indonesia by sponsoring gifted children in studying art, performance and music. He has also developed other galleries to display Balinese arts and offer younger art lovers the opportunity to appreciate modern arts. He has also established the Ksatria Seni Award, in 2000, which is presented every four years to individuals or organizations for their dedication to their working in arts and cultures.
In November, 2000, Rudana received L’albero dell’umanita Award (The Tree of Humanity Award) from the Government of Italy as an appreciation for his promoting arts and brotherhood to the world.
Nyoman Rudana was elected to the Regional Representatives Council of the Republic of Indonesia in the 2004 general election, which he is now one of four senators representing Bali. He's in charge in Ad Hoc Committee 4 responsible for the national budget and financial balance between central and local government, providing considered opinion on the result of any investigation of the state finances and selecting the members of the State Audit Board and Taxes. He also serves on the People's Consultative Assembly as well.
Nyoman Rudana founded the Ubud Rotary Club in 2001, and chaired the Bali Art Shops Association from 1980 to 1985. He was also a founder of the Association of Bali Museums (HIMUSBA), and has also served in various positions with other organizations. He was Chair of the Indonesian Chess Association and chaired the Bali branch of the Indonesian Weight Lifting Association. In 2005, with the support of HIMUSBA, the book entitled TREASURES OF BALI : a Guide to Museums in Bali, with Richard Mann as the author, was released.