He was born in 1973 into a community of artists and performers in a section of Denpasar, Bali. From an early age, Hantaguna was immersed in art, culture, and ritual in his daily life. His father is familiar with Balinese literature, while his mother produces T-Shirts for tourists. He studied art at the Indonesia Institute of Art in Denpasar, Bali and graduated in 2000. He especially loves to incorporate elements of ancient Balinese ornaments and symbolisms in his paintings. He is particularly captivated by the Gringsing cloth from Tenganan Village, the Cepuk cloth from Nusa Lembongan, the Poleng cloth and apparels decorated with Balinese calligraphy, the kind that is usually worn during the celebration of Balinese rituals. He often includes pieces of these cloths in his art works to form collages. Hantaguna’s art have been showcased in two exhibitions at the Galeri Hadiprana. He has also been featured in solo exhibitions in Singapore, Australia and Slovenia; and was a finalist in the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award in 1997.