Roesli Hakim was born in the North of Sumatra in 1936. He moved to Jogjakarta in 1956 and came in contact with the paintings of master as Affandi, S. Soedjoyono, Sudarso and Nasyah Djamin. Roesli moved to Bali were he became a special teacher in the arts rogram of udayana University and the Den Pasar branch of the National Academy of Arts. Roesli participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. He paints scenes of everyday life in Bali, market scenes, fisherman at work, harvest scenes and landscapes.