portrait photograph of artist Ryol


Pastel portraits depict popular culture with youthful whimsy.

“Fine art is the instrument I use to express my soul.”

Ryo Laksamana (aka Ryol) blends childlike fancy with nods to pop culture and beyond. His paintings and drawings depict young people with enormous, emotive eyes. The artist cites Yoshitomo Nara as a key stylistic influence. Earlier works have a more sombre tone. Their pop-surrealist style is made up of muted, smoothly blended oils. Around 2020, the artist began creating works with a more light-hear...

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Ryo Laksamana (he/him), aka Ryol, was born in 1993 in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, and is currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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As a child, Ryol grew up with “Sunday morning cartoon movies, ‘Emo’ music, and Indonesian translated manga comics.” His resulting love for anime and manga is suffused through his current work.


The title of Ryol’s 2020 solo show “Ocean Eyes” referenced the large, doe-like eyes on his figures. The “big eyes” style is a broader trend in contemporary pop-surrealism, and its origins are often related to American artist Margaret Keane in the 1950’s.

Collaborations with Ryol