Indonesian artist Arkiv Vilmansa has been painting, illustrating and designing since 2005. Shortly after finishing his Bachelor degree in Architecture he plunged into the art world citing his love for drawing as his inspiration for this change of career path. He had a strong debut with his first vinyl figurine titled Arkiv Instant.
His exhibitions around South East Asia such as Reachable Distance in Indonesia and Relics in Philippines explore the deep, curvaceous lines and bold, radiant colours that now have become Arkiv’s artistic trademark, while working around themes such as memory and personal growth.
Each collection shows new directions: in previous ones he delved into more abstracted forms, and in his most recent series titled The Aftermath, Arkiv investigated the possibilities of colour gradients. Darker shades were chosen to represent a bleak, desolate world in the aftermath of a great natural disaster, where new, unexpected life forms emerge.
Arkiv paints with cheery colors in his signature curvy and graphic style. In his future works, it is safe to say that we can expect to see more of his whimsical and comical representations as well as wait for exciting, unpredictable turns.
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