Graffiti was never considered to be art until most recently in the contemporary art world. Graffiti, also known as street art these days, used to be seen as vandalism be it on public or private property. However in recent times street art has come to be seen as a new form of contemporary art. Street artists using public and private walls to create pieces of artwork that help represent and express their feelings and opinions.

Darbotz is an up and coming street artist who started expressing himself through street art on the streets of Jakarta and has now evolved to expressing his works on different types of canvases such as fibre glass, wood carvings, to linen or cotton canvases. He has a signature character which is a squid he names CUMI. It is through CUMI that Darbotz is able to express himself. The huge swirly tentacles of CUMI represent the chaos of Jakarta that Darbotz calls home. To quote him CUMI is “always smiling but he’s also angry. He’s angry at the traffic, the government, the pollution, and the corruption. As a regular citizen I can’t do anything about these things but I can express my feelings through this work”.

Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art or MiFA as a new platform for contemporary art in Australia is pleased to announce their upcoming art exhibition with Darbotz “Monster Inside Us”. This modern, contemporary artspace will hosts the event as early as March 28th. The show then will takes about two months and will showcase his black and white images through various mediums and secret symbols waiting to be deciphered.

Darbotz “Monster Inside Us” Art Exhibition
March 28th – May 3rd 2013
Monday to Friday
10 AM – 5.30 PM
Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art
Level 1 – 278 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

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