Rizqi Ranadireksa, or known as Abenk Alter, has always been exploring the artistic world, from being a vocalist for Soulvibe to being an artist.
Being part of a band for 9 years is definitely not a short amount of time, but doodling has always been this 25-year-old artist’s fave activity during past times. He began drawing since he was young and continued his passion in his uni years: Visual Communication Design at Bina Nusantara University. Recently, he just finished his master degree in Eastern Philosophy.
You started your career in the music industry, but as you’re now performing as a visual artist, what was the reason that made you shift to arts specifically?
“Well, the art world has been my calling since a long time ago, I’ve always loved drawing but never really explored it. So this time around, I’m focusing myself in the art world and honestly, I like how arts make me feel. I like expressing myself through arts.”
Your biggest influence in arts?
“I got inspired by Eko Nugroho, a contemporary artist from Yogyakarta, his artworks are very inspiring. And as for the international artist, my favorites are Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst. I also got inspired a lot by Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Basquiat, and Keith Haring.”
Every artist has their own styles, so how do you define your signature style?
“I can’t really describe, I don’t think it’s my place to define, I let others do that. Currently, I’m enjoying the process of creating arts, exploring many styles and forms. I prefer not to define my works because, as an artist, I will keep improving and evolving with my artworks. However, if there are some who said that certain works to be very ‘Abenk’, it’s very complimenting.”
You also opened an art studio recently, care to share the reason behind it?
“I’ve always wanted to have my own art studio, to be more focused on my art. And coincidentally, I bumped into Ade Darmawan, one of the initiators of Ruang Rupa, he already has his own studio. He offered me a space, I always thought that it’s important to have a space of my own to explore, to grow, and to surround myself with those who share the same interest in art world, so I could hone my skill further.”
What is your personal thought on the visual arts development so far?
“Despite being a new in this field, I noticed that there’s a big development of interest and movement among the visual art enthusiasts in Indonesia. And there are many factors that lead to it, including the rise of social media, the demand of creativepreneurs and also the growth of the creative industry, meaning that the opportunities in creative industry is so high lately that it affects the growth of the art world in Indonesia as well.”
Being a musician and now an artist, what is the most significant difference between the two fields that you noticed so far?
“Actually, it was because I was involved in the music industry that led me to explore the creative industry. I found my own freedom in exploring myself through arts, something that I’ve been holding on for so long: visual arts. It’s the full control of expressing myself through canvas that I like the most. It helps me to be more creative as an artist.”
Do you also express yourself through your looks? How do you define your style?
“I’d say eclectic. I wear anything that feels comfortable to me, and it’s safe to say that I don’t easily follow trend. I wear what I like and I always try to have my own style—to be different than anybody else. I like to wear and mix and match what I like and translate them in my own style, that’s why I said eclectic. Fave fashion items have got to be shoes and accessories.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Windyannisa Cindrati
Photographer: Ganang Arfiandi
Digital Imaging: Ari Angga
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