Muchlis Fachri a.k.a Muklay is a visual artist from Jakarta who likes exploring mediums and spaces. His artworks are vibrant, wacky, and fun to be watched. Influenced by street art, his ultimate dream is to be like Banksy. Let’s know more about him!
We’re quite curious about the origin of the name ‘Muklay’. What’s the story behind it?
It went back to high school when we gave each other petnames by taking the first syllable, and adding a ‘-lay’ suffix. My name is Muchlis, so I became “Muklay”, until now!
What’s been keeping you busy lately?
Just in the middle of finishing my drawing for exhibition, while also planning on making 3 big events for next year.
Collecting and listening to music, also watching koi fish.
When did you start working in art and design?
I started to take part in exhibitions since 2010, and I’ve fallen in love with it eversince!
Do you remember when did you become passionate about drawing?
It started since high school. I found my passion in drawing and street art with my wicked friends hahaha.
How do you describe your artworks?
I like exploring space. I always utilize space to the smallest details, no matter how small or big it is. I always want to show my best, whether it’s for my personal pleasure or for exhibition.
What makes them unique?
I always try new mediums, and never stuck with a certain one. I like to keep exploring, but mostly I use manual medium.
What difficulties that you encounter when you draw?
Drawing is actually easy. We can do it anywhere and anytime. The hard thing is to allocate our time to do it hahaha.
Who influences your art?
Charles Burns, KAWS, Tristaneaon, Sir Joan Cornella, and so many talented friends of mine.
Where do you usually get inspiration?
From everything near me and from social media.
Have you participated in exhibitions?
Yep, in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, and Berlin.
Where did you learn about graphic design and art?
I learnt about Fine Arts at Jakarta State University (UNJ), and every student there must become a teacher. But I don’t think I will be a teacher myself haha. For my art, I also learn a lot from my surroundings of course.
What makes you join Printerous Artist Program?
Because I’m very interested with the system that Printerous created, and their very cool website. Printerous has a user-friendly website, so it’s so easy to order things and for artists to sell their artworks. And also because Printerous supports local artists.
What do you think about the development of local artists?
It’s really positive, especially the young artists. They are really enthusiastic and very high spirited!
Any plan for near future dream?
I really want to organize my own solo exhibition someday, just wish me luck hehe.
What’s your ultimate dream?
I want to be like Banksy.
Who do you want to collaborate with? Anyone in mind?
Ehhm, whoa I can’t answer this because there are just too many artists that I want to collaborate with, and I don’t know what to say when people ask why I want to collaborate with those artists.
Shoutouts to fellow artists?
Don’t get too comfortable using one certain medium, it’s better to keep exploring new things. Don’t be too drowned in research and forget about the progress of your artwork. You need some rebellion in your artwork. Don’t feel like you’re original, there’s nothing new under the same sun.
Discover more Muklay
Visit his store on www.arterous.com/en/muklay