Ryo Laksamana, also known as Ryol, is an Indonesian artist who blends his love for anime to create pop surrealist paintings that carry a childlike innocence on first glance, but reveal complex undertones upon further inspection. In the past, Ryol has used his work to critique on a range of topics — from the patriarchal structure of society to modern-day gender roles.
In conjunction with Avant Arte, Ryol will release two new prints that display his far-reaching imagination. The first, FELAX, is a hybrid character made up of Snorlax and Felix the Cat, which was largely inspired by the internet as much as the references themselves.
Similarly, RABBIT CAR ON THE HEAD showcases a whimsical car atop a character that is partly inspired by vehicles shown in the hit Japanese series, Dragon Ball. “The fantasy of the work purely refers to its naivety,” said Ryol in a statement.
Both artworks are giclee prints with silkscreen detail layers including glow-in-the-dark ink and ‘sugarcoat’ glitter, printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle Photorag paper and individually hand-finished using spray paint. The prints will be available to purchase for $912 USD each through a drawing that will close on May 16 at 9am EST.
In other art news, William Monk presents “The Ferryman” at Pace and GRIMM.