Sunday, December 4, 2011


Let's end the year with a bang! Our favorite Indonesian artist Arkiv Vilmansa will make waves again this December as he relives his memories of the Philippines through his art.

RELICS, his second Philippine one-man show will open on December 16, 2011 at Vinyl on Vinyl gallery. With his consequent shows in Los Angeles, Indonesia and Singapore, there's no stopping Vilmansa from filling the world with the fluidity of his colorful iconic characters.

Arkiv Vilmansa is based in Bandung, Indonesia, where he received formal training as an architect and graphic designer. Initially gaining international recognition with his vinyl toys, Vilmansa then began painting with acrylic on canvas that have now become his main media.

Since 2008, Vilmansa has consistently exhibited his works in group and solo shows, receiving critical acclaim from the global art world.


"This exhibition marks the artist exploring the felt abstraction of memory, trying to capture the spirit of the Phillipines as he remembers it, rather than representing it figuratively. These works communicate the retained fragments of times past, that are now returning - as relics to the present. Memory is inaccurate and prejudiced, but theybestow depth to experiences and make them unique. These paintings do not directly show us coastal lines, palm trees and the turquoise sea of the tropics, but the experience of these phenomena as they are preserved in the artistís memory. His unique, curvaceous lines and luscious colours dance elegantly on these canvases as if to a graceful rythm. A rhythm we cannot hear, but feel. Memory is a wild terrain, where one could so easily lose their way.

This exhibition marks Vilmansa's way of taming the wilderness, to make sense of his memories, in order to share that experience with others."

Mitha Budhyarto

To see more of Arkiv's art, visit .
RELICS Exhibit event page HERE .