Roby Dwi Antono’s stylized portraits of wide-eyed children and mythological creatures recall the works of Pop surrealists Javier Calleja, Mark Ryden, and Yoshitomo Nara. Fusing fantastical imagery with classic Renaissance aesthetics, Antono draws upon themes of heroism, pop culture, and macabre humor to illuminate the contradictions of the human experience. In his painting Joy & Sorrow (2019), an innocent-looking young girl stands over a dead animal, holding its severed head behind her back. Antono’s work is extremely popular with collectors; his drawing Lonesome Hero #3 (2021) sold for a record $30,000 at Artsy’s “Art Keeps Nonprofits Going IV” benefit auction in 2021. Antono’s works have been exhibited in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Melbourne, and at Art Basel Hong Kong in 2021. Antono is a self-taught painter, illustrator, and sculptor, and has a background in graphic design.
Perhaps best known for his colorful paintings of words, Mel Bochner helped pioneer Conceptual art. In 1966, he mounted “Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art” at the School of Visual Arts in New York, which is often considered the first exhibition of Conceptual art. The relationships between language, space, and color are recurring themes throughout his practice. In his “Measurement” series, Bochner posts the dimensions of an exhibition space directly on the walls. In his iconic thesaurus paintings, he paints a single word and its synonyms, often in vibrant hues. Bochner’s practice also includes photography. The artist has exhibited widely and enjoyed shows in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Sydney, among other cities. Bochner’s work has been acquired for the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, and Moderna Museet, among others, and frequently sells for six figures on the secondary market.
Tomoo Gokita is best known for his monochrome and grayscale renderings of mass-media archetypes—he obscures their faces, giving an uncanny aura to his familiar silhouettes. Gokita’s paintings and drawings take inspiration from vintage magazines, film stills, pornography, and postcards. The artist often places faceless pinup girls and wrestlers in indeterminate gray fields and against plain white pages, while other works feature free-flowing forms that evoke Surrealist canvases. Gokita has exhibited in New York, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, and has participated in solo shows at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery and the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art. His work has sold for seven figures on the secondary market and belongs in the collections of the High Museum of Art, X Museum, the Marciano Art Foundation, and the Oketa Collection.