Roby Dwi Antono is a talented self-taught artist, illustrator and multi-awarded graphic designer from Indonesia, who’s strongly influenced by pop surrealist Mark Ryden. Roby was born 1990 in Ambarawa and currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In his latest series “Januari di Utara”, Antono gives attention even to the smallest surreal features. He expresses his pop sensibilities using painterly techniques inspired by 19th century European realists.
The figures surrounding the table are Roby’s family. Roby is the gloomy rabbit with red eyes that already started to slice the crocodile and eat it. Roby’s mother is the 3 headed girl who already started to direct her knife onto the crocodile’s mouth. The three head represent the cycle of life; birth, life, and death. Roby’s father has a crab claw head, which symbolize hope of an accomplishment or in other words, prayers that represent the family. He already clamped on the crocodile’s tail and ready to cut it with a knife that he holds in his hand. Roby’s deceased brother is also present wearing a suit. His head is a Lily that symbolizes purity, simplicity and spirituality. The Lily also represents memory and innocence. He also already started to slice the dish. Roby’s younger sibling is symbolized by two bad villains, Baltan dan Kanegon, from the children super hero movie, Ultraman. Ultraman is Roby’s favorite character and movie since childhood. He does not want to forget it and want to store it in his memory, including Ultraman’s enemies.