"Over the past several years, artist Arkiv Vilmansa's iconic character, "˜Arkiv Instant' has made the artist a household name within the lowbrow art
and toy culture scene. In his first U.S. solo exhibition, Through The Lines, Arkiv looks to develop his signature image, while debuting new
characters and continuing to explore his unique style of combining the surreal and theatrical with playful and whimsical caricature.
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."
September 2013 "Dreaming Of Some Space" @ Galerie Lacroix, Paris - France
August 2012 “The Aftermath” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
November 2012 “Daydreamer” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
November 2012 “Arkiventures” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ FLABSLAB Gallery, Singapore
November 2012 “A New Amusement” A Journey to Wounderland Tour @ Publika White Box Gallery, Malaysia
December 2012 “All In The Mind” A Journey To Wounderland Tour @ ViniylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines
March 2011 “Through The Lines” @ Vincent Michael Gallery, Philadelphia
August 2011 “Escapist” @ Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
October 2011 “Reachable Distance” @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
November 2011 “One or Nothing” @ White Canvas Gallery, Singapore
December 2011 “Relics” @ VinylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines
October 2010 “Riding Curves” @ Vivi Yip Art Room, Jakarta – Indonesia
December 2010 “Out of Nothing” @ VinylOnVinyl Gallery, Manila – Philippines
January 2012 “Underpaid” Group Show @ Hold Up Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
February 2012 “Art On The Move” Auction, Oceanic Awareness Collaboration @ White Walls Gallery, San Fransisco – USA
July 2012 “Bazaar Art Jakarta” @ Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia
August 2012 “Pangeaseed” @ Roqlarue Gallery, Spoke Art Gallery, Lebasse Project Gallery, USA
November 2012 “Neopopstreetpunk 4″ Gallery M Squared, Houston – USA
February 2011 Oceanic Awareness Collaboration’s First Annual 2011 @ Andi Campognone Projects, Los Angeles – USA
April 2011 Dreweatts’ Urban Contemporary “Haven House Children’s Hospice” Auction, London – UK
May 2011 “Interstellar” Artist Project by The Howler Terror Club @ Goods Dept, Jakarta – Indonesia
July 2011 “Pressed” A Silkscreen exploration @ Hold Up Art Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
September 2011 Genoma Contemporary @ Venice Biennale, Venice – Italy
October 2011 “Beyondeden” Art Fair, Los Angeles – USA
November 2010 “Art Strikes Back” Art Asylum Boston @ Fourth Wall Gallery, Boston – USA
December 2010 “Multiversal Group Art Show” Art Basel Miami, Miami – USA
December 2010 “Boarded Up” The Art Of Surf and Skate @ Gallery M Squared, Houston – USA