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Ronald Apriyan: Celebrating childhood wonder on canvas

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, February 10, 2020  /  10:03 am
Ronald Apriyan: Celebrating childhood wonder on canvas

'Astro Boy' (Courtesy of Ronald Apriyan/-)

A popular local shoe company in Jakarta once approached artist Ronald Apriyan, offering a commission to hand paint their shoes. He was aware he could earn a good living from such a project considering the rising trend of customization in the luxury fashion industry. The artist, who is based in Yogyakarta, prefers to focus on painting on canvas instead. However, he said he could not decline if a request came from a die-hard fan of his paintings, such as Robert Harianto, a news anchor who regularly makes vlogs about sneakers for his YouTube channel.  Recently, Ronald doodled on a pair of Robert’s white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, decorating them with colorful, artsy lines and swirls. He did not charge a fee for his services and said it was his way of thanking the presenter for collecting his paintings. “I am still committed to painting on canva...