Born in Surabaya, Indonesia; Muhammad Vilhamy graduated from Bandung’s Institute of Technology in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Since then, his work has been exhibited in a variety of events and galleries including the Biennale International Miniature Print Exhibition VIII in Vancouver (2014), “ARTE 2014” in Jakarta, “SPOT ART 2013” in Singapore, and “Sampah” at Swoon Gallery Bali (2013). Vilhamy’s works derive from a large variety of mediums including watercolor, etching, image transfer, and printmaking. They center around different subject matter: from the artist’s relationship with his mother to his personal attitudes towards various topics of contemporary literature and culture.
Currently, Vilhamy is focused on creating experimental, two-dimensional works; most of which are appropriations of other works that he deems relevant to contemporary issues surrounding Indonesian social life and art. He particularly takes a great focus on the effects of social media applications such as Instagram on Indonesian youth; specifically on how it has driven young Indonesians to publicly show off their wealth and achievements on increasingly absurd and silly levels; much akin to clowns at carnivals or Saturday-morning cartoon characters children watch. With this in mind, his latest works depict various cartoon characters juxtaposed with various luxury brands and objects. By doing so, Vilhamy depicts the needless compromise in self-respect and identity among Indonesian youth in a humorous, light-hearted manner.