“Since his debut in 2005, Indonesian artist Arkiv Vilmansa has become a prominent name in the lowbrow art and designer toy cultures.
His work has been featured in galleries in the U.S., Germany and Indonesia, and he has collaborated with artists and companies including Huck Gee, Disney Asia, Something.Ill, Pot Meets Pop, Adfunture, Plastic Culture and My Tummy Toys.
Vilmansa pegs childhood characters and his architecture background as significant influences on his art. “I like a few animals that have an aura of evil and (are) also funny,” he said, citing Mickey Mouse, pandas and killer whales as examples – all of which helped spawn Vilmansa’s iconic “Arkiv” character.
But it all begins with that bold, curvy style, reminiscent of graffiti art.
“The marker is a weapon. As an architect I always start everything with the lines.”
July 2009 @ Art Asylum Boston Gallery “Art Strikes Back”, United States
November 2009 @ ONEWAY Gallery Taipei “Perfect Symetry”, Taiwan
October 2010 @ Vivi Yip Art Room “Riding Curves”, Indonesia
November 2010 @ Gaby Dela Merced (VinylonVinyl) Gallery Manila, Philippines
March 2011 @ Vincent Michael Gallery POrtland, United States
May 2011 @ ToyArtGallery Los Angeles, United States
June 2011 @ Zimmermann & Heitmann Gallery Dortmund, Germany
June 2011 @ Artscouting Gallery Berlin, Germany
United Kingdom (TBA)
Arkiv x MAD’L (UNITED STATES)
Something ill STUDIOS Los Angeles (UNITED STATES)
Bling Crosby Los Angeles (United States)
Mackoo Project London (United KIngdom)
Younique Gallery (United States)
Disney Asia (Hongkong)
JSD Studios (United States)
Huck Gee (United States)
Plastic Culture (Indonesia)
Warchild www.warchild.org.uk (United Kingdom)
Published: October 15, 2010