BAGUA means compass of life and harmony of the elements. He created his artist name, when he read a book about Feng Shui in his early teens. It made a synthesis of his inner longing to know the essence of life and spiritual longing to connect and the irreverent world of fashion and art. He is a firm and open minded believer that art is the way to co-create and communicate from soul to soul, surpassing background, politics and social status.
BAGUA JODY, Jody Martino Brinkman is a multifaceted artist, with a solid base in drawing and painting. In his art, Jody zealously explores the human body and the many layers and dimensions of identity. Trained as a conceptual fashion designer, he applies his perceptive and intuitive talents to both fashion and fine arts. His creative undertakings are broad, ranging from art direction, fashion magazine projects and brand and store concepts to life-size murals, paintings and drawings for commercial as well as private clients, including L’OFFICIEL Magazine The Netherlands. He fuses his zest for life and art with an undeniable love for modern classic decadence with a rock and roll underlining.
Since his graduation from the Dutch Gerrit Rietveld Academy of visual arts in 2006, Jody has participated in numerous exhibitions and has created several ART X FASHION installations, LIVE ART and performance work, including presentations at the Mercedes-Benz International Fashion Week Amsterdam, Jakarta Fashion Week and multiple Art Fairs. Recently he has been working on a number of paintings, mostly for private collectors.
Currently he is navigating his way back to Indonesia, where his royal roots are embedded. He translates his heritage in a contemporary way, narrating tales of the soul and dreams whilst incorporating every person in this journey. He honours the essence of his bloodline and hopes he does it justice. Stories of beauty and finding a way of giving back.
Jody, of mixed Indonesian-Dutch-Chinese-Italian-Portuguese and Arab heritage, is always up for the new and pristine. Striving for synergy through collaboration, he manages to lift artistic ventures and spirits to higher grounds, creating soulful and lyrical yet cutting-edge pieces of art with a very distinct aesthetic signature. Multilingual and able to adapt seamlessly with people from the heart, he creates dialogue and is able to perform bespoke and tailor made and give birth to monumental autonomous visions.
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