Batuan Art Village is located in Gianyar regency, it is about 7 kilometers north of Denpasar and about and 10 kilometers south of Ubud. Batuan Village is known as the center of Bali stone and wood carving, Balinese dance, etc. Nowadays it is turn to get its fame for its traditional art painting.
Batuan Village painting art did not get influenced by the western style as in Ubud area. Batuan paintings were often dominated by dark, crowded representations of either legendary scenes or themes from daily life, freakish animal monsters, and witches accosted people. Batuan Village art paintings style mostly were gradations of black and white ink, laid over most of the surface, so it create an atmosphere of darkness and gloom. In the later years, the designs covered the entire space, which often contributed to the crowded nature of these Balinese paintings.
For over a thousand years Batuan has been a village of Balinese Artwork and Bali handicrafts. Batuan village has a thousand year old history in accordance with the recorded history - begins in A.D. 1022, with an inscription that is housed in the main village temple, Pura Desa Batuan/ Batuan Village Temple. In the Age of Warmadewa Dynasty in Bali, Desa Batuan / Batuan Village had to be there. Batuan eventually came to be called Batuan, from the word of Batu / Rock, because - in that time - in this region is a rocky area (the famous Balinese sand stones are still produced here in northern of Batuan), then because of daily changes in the pronunciation then more popularly known as Batuan Village.