Ida Bagus Made Poleng was born in Tebasaya in 1915. His Father Ida Bagus kembeng (1897-1952) was a welknown painter who won the prestigious Silver Medal in 1937 at the International Colonial Art Exposition in Paris. Ida Bagus Made first learnt painting and carving from his father. He later studied painting under the guidance of Rudolf Bonnet. Bonnet once wrote that Ida Bagus Made was one of the most talented artist in Bali.
Ida Bagus Made was a prolific painter who had a profound distrust of art dealers and collectors. He scrutinized his admirers and only a handful of collectors passed his test. The late Indonesian President Sukarno was one of such collectors that Ida Bagus Made revered. His works are well sought after and are in the collection of many museums in the world.
He passed away after a long illness in 1999 and left more than one hundred paintings and sketches that are now at the Puri Lukisan Museum for safekeeping.