Born in Kalten, Java, in 1958, Antonius Kho trained at the Academy of Fine Art in Bandung, Indonesia, before moving to Germany to study fine art at the Cologne Academy. His work has been exhibited throughout Asia, the United States and Europe, and he has been the recipient of several awards. Kho now lives and works in the village of Ubud in Bali. Here he describes how the vibrant cultural life of the village influences his work.
"Ubud is a place of art, painting, dance, music and performance. Many artists live here, both local and international, and there are many studios, galleries and museums displaying a diverse range of traditional and contemporary art. The village is located in the foothills, where the air is cool, and a beautiful landscape stretches between the terraced rice fields.
"Most of the population are Hindu, the rest Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Confucian. The architecture of the houses and temples is unique because it combines the highly ornamental traditions of China and India. Every month there are many religious ceremonies and various religious rituals, which feature a variety of colourful ornaments and traditional clothes.
"My work is an outpouring of what I feel, what I have experienced in my life and the environment of where I stay."
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