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Jakarta Post

Globe-trotting muralist captures public imagination, one wall at a time

  • I Wayan Juniarta


Bali   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Warrior tribute: 'Land of Tears' is one of the latest murals from Wild Drawing (WD), and was created while he was stranded in Bali because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. (Courtesy of Wild Drawing/-)

Going simply by the moniker “Wild Drawing” or WD, the artist’s murals have adorned walls in cities across Europe, Asia and North America. He has also been invited to a number of prominent art festivals. His peers, both here and abroad, revel in and revere his captivating esthetics, while volumes of titles on street art praise his fresh take on centuries-old mythology. Yet, the 30-something muralist comes across as someone oblivious to his many accomplishments. He speaks slowly in soft tones, with a courteous demeanor to match, and while he did provide his real name, his subsequent request shows that personal fame is not what he’s after on his artistic journey. "Please, do not use my real name or a photograph of my face in the story," he asked, adding that it had nothing to do with creating or maintaining some kind of mystique. "I want pe...