Arkiv Vilmansa

Through The Lines is the first exhibition to chronicle Arkiv’s Vilmansa’s career during the past several years of artistic growth and budding success. As the title suggests, the exhibition is centralized on the theme of overcoming adversity or “rolling with the punches.” Many of Vilmansa’s characters are seen embroiled in conflict, be it through physical restraint or combat. True to his technique, Vilmansa’s deep and curvaceous lines slice across each canvas, while radiant, harlequin waves sweep your eyes up and around the bodies of unusual, yet beautiful creatures. As a result, Vilmansa has developed his portrayal of colorful fluidity and struggle and opposition. Through the lines marks a pivotal turning point in Vilmansa’s career, where past challenges are overcome and the process of moving forward begins.

Indonesian artist Arkiv has been painting, illustrating and designing cartoon like figures since 2005. Shortly after finishing his Bachelor degree in Architecture he plunged into the art world citing his love for drawing figures as his inspiration for this change of career path. Arkiv had a strong debut with his first vinyl figurine titled Arkiv Instant. After Arkiv Instant’s large success, Vilmansa was presented with many exciting opportunities including a redesign of Mickey Mouse for Disney Asia.

His description reflects the same silliness and complexity of his characters. Smiling cartoons flipping you the bird. Figures strangling each other. Teddy bears hanging on a rope are just some of the oddities that Arkiv paints with cheery colors and his signature curvy and graphic style.”

Arkiv describes himself: “I’m a half animal and a half dream. “

Exhibitions (click for more)

- 2013, "Dreaming Of Some Space" @ Galerie Lacroix, Paris - France
- 2012, “The Aftermath” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
- 2012, “Daydreamer” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
- 2012, “Arkiventures” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ FLABSLAB Gallery, Singapore
- 2012, “A New Amusement” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Publika White Box Gallery, Malaysia
- 2012, “All In The Mind” A Journey To Wounderland Tour @ ViniylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines
- 2011, “Through The Lines” @ Vincent Michael Gallery, Philadelphia
- 2011, “Escapist” @ Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
- 2011, “Reachable Distance” @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
- 2011, “One or Nothing” @ White Canvas Gallery, Singapore
- 2011, “Relics” @ VinylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines
- 2010, “Riding Curves” @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
- 2010, “Out of Nothing” @ VinylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines

- 2012, “Underpaid” Group Show @ Hold Up Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
- 2012, “Art On The Move” Auction, Oceanic Awareness Collaboration @ White Walls Gallery, San Fransisco – USA
- 2012, “Bazaar Art Jakarta” @ Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia
- 2012, “Pangeaseed” @ Roqlarue Gallery, Spoke Art Gallery, Lebasse Project Gallery, USA
- 2012, “Neopopstreetpunk 4″ Gallery M Squared, Houston – USA
- 2011, Oceanic Awareness Collaboration’s First Annual 2011 @ Andi Campognone Projects, Los Angeles – USA
- 2011, Dreweatts’ Urban Contemporary “Haven House Children’s Hospice” Auction, London – UK
- 2011, “Interstellar” Artist Project by The Howler Terror Club @ Goods Dept, Jakarta – Indonesia
- 2011, “Pressed” A Silkscreen exploration @ Hold Up Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
- 2011, Genoma Contemporary @ Venice Biennale, Venice – Italy
- 2011, “Beyondeden” Art Fair, Los Angeles – USA
- 2010, “Art Strikes Back” Art Asylum Boston @ Fourth Wall Gallery, Boston – USA
- 2010, “Multiversal Group Art Show” Art Basel Miami, Miami – USA
- 2010, “Boarded Up” The Art Of Surf and Skate @ Gallery M Squared, Houston – USA


Untill The End
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