Ketut Kusuma (Kei) is a self-taught graphic artist currently based in Indonesia. Having a huge interest in visual artistry since early age, he has begin studying how to draw and creating images by himself since very early age. Started as an instinct, he has continued his endless endeavor of practice until now.
Kusuma’s images combined various kind of style and elements. From Slight decadence, Baroque, Romanticism, etc. Ranging infinitely from classic to the most modern contemporary style of art. Despite the medium and other aspects he describe his works as theatre of images, as most of his works portraying various different kind of emotion which attract it’s viewers, such as a joyful childlike purity accompanied with an air of melancholy at some point. During his early teen years he was mostly making artworks for private collections and also doing work as freelance illustrator and art director. He started to exhibit his works internationally by the age of 19. He has also shown some of his works to his friend in the US, Hiroki Otsuka (Professional illustrator/artist) whom made a special statement as a form of appreciation, saying: “His art work is beautiful and feels as though you are looking through a window to his soul.”
Recently he also doing collaboration and projects with models, designer and other artist. Such as his collaboration project with Dylan Sada (NY based Photographer, Model, Singer, Song writer). He consider doing collaboration and commissioned projects was actually an experiment of finding new way to showcasing his works. He was intrigued to do more interesting projects and exhibition while also doing exploration and development on his works.
2012 Veneris XIII, A Group Show, Skotia Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SELECTED PRINTED PUBLICATIONS
Catapult Magazine - #1 Issue.
Dynchav – Little adventure of Bunny girl private catalogue.
2010 Marketing Advertising Challenge (MAC) 1st winner – Design and advertising competition by Airlangga University about promoting Indonesian local heritage.
2008 Converse sneaker design contest finalist – Finalist nominee for Converse Chuck Taylor design competition.
2007 IDEart competition 2nd place winner – Art competition by Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November with specified theme (wayang).