The Mosaic of Life with Antonius Kho

The Mosaic of Life with Antonius Kho

December 23, 2021

Antonius Kho's works are mosaics of art and culture from his country, Indonesia, which with its variety of arts, cultures and languages, is a synthesis between east and west.

His educational background in Germany, at FH-Cologne Art Academy, majoring in glass paintings and textile art-tapestry, therefore his artworks is a synthesis of mosaic and textile art.


A particular theme in his work is people, from the past until now, with various technique in his works. He uses mixed medium, acrylic colours, collages such as jute, rope, modeling paste and transparent paper. It looks like 3-dimensional, because he likes cubism, apart from painting he also likes to creates sculptures.

The subjects in his works are mostly about the mosaic of his life, the people around his life, Antonius works with various phases, like circulation of his life.


What initially drew your towards becoming an artist?

I have had an innate love of drawing since I was a child, so I always aspired to be an artist.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Besides liking to draw since I was a child, but I also like to sculpt from clay, 3 dimensional shapes, therefore my painting works towards cubism.

What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

Because I enjoy 3 dimensional shapes, as a result in my paintings, 3 dimensional shapes feature regularly, like gluing collage with various materials, such as jute, yarn, transparent paper and modelling paste.

My educational background in art is glass paintings and textil arts, so in my works, can be seen a combination of the two, glass painting and textil arts, mosaic, which I observe from my life, mosaic of life.


Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

I like Picasso"s works, his works inspire a lot in my art, especially in cubism.

When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

The media that I use is mixed media, I use collage with various materials, such as jute, yarn, etc., because my favorite shape is to form 3-dimensional shapes.

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

The themes in my work are people and faces that I meet in my circle of life, these themes always inspire me in my work.

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

I prefer to work in the morning after breakfast until noon, because the morning is the best time for me, my mind and imagination are still fresh.

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

I always work on one piece over several sittings, often over the course of a week, although not continuously working on it until it's finished, as that can depend on my emotional situation.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

The process in my art is long, with various phases, serials and experiments, until it reaches what it is today, like this life that changes from day to day.


Are there particular artworks of which you are most proud?

In the individual series of my works, there are always one or two artworks that stand out as the best in that series. However, there is no one series of artwork that is the best among my overall portfolio of work, because each series has a different emotional expression attached to it.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

I love the works of Gerhard Richter, who always gives freshness in the ideas in his works.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

When it comes  to past artistic eras, there are many excellent periods to reflect on, but for me on a personal level, I feel that the most influential period in the development of my artwork is the period when I first combined glass painting and textile art using collage, which I still use today in my work.

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

Going forward I feel that artists, including myself, have to work harder and look for new ideas, to help give freshness to their works and continually evolve creatively.


What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

For young artists, they must seek new ideas, seek new techniques in their artistic process, not be monotonous, and dare to make changes.

Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is their another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

Each and every artist has a personal style and way of communicating through their work, which is always interesting, because each artist has a unique style and character, which is interesting to look at each other, and adds to the overall repertoire of art.

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

There are some  artworks that I have never finished, mainly because of my mood and feelings at the time, that I couldn't continue to finish the work. So I have left the work, and I will continue it later when my mood returns.


Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

The themes of my artwork always bring up the subjects that are in my mind, sometimes I am highly affected by the current situation, so I bring up these subjects in my work.

What are you working on at the moment?

My focus at the moment is based around the current COVID-19 pandemic themes, because this pandemic always haunts me.

Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

I've been walking alone for a long time now, I no longer join art groups or movements, I was previously part of art groups before, but now I'm more of loner creatively, and that's more artistic freedom for me.

"Spreading Love 7", Antonius Kho, Mixed Media on Canvas



When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?

My next exhibition, I'm taking part in the Beijing International Art Biennial and Bangladesh Biennial exhibitions.

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