Kola a.k.a LKE-Kola or Kola Couatlicue (born 1991) is a canine fine artist, painter, and a furry artist from West Java, Indonesia. He began his career as an artist at 2007 at high school. After a while learning about canine race (especially dogs, wolves, and foxes) he decided to be a fine artist. In 2014 he graduated from Maranatha Christian University, granted a B.F.A. title, in early May of 2016 he start his study in fine art further for M.F.A. title in Bandung Institute of Technology, West Java, Indonesia. Some of his friends says that he was motivated by a figure and character of an Alaskan wonder dog, Balto.
"Kola Couatlicue is a border collie spirit. One of many "Guardian Shepherds" of the Spirit's world for dogs. His true appearance is a canine spirit, but most of the time he took a shape of either feral or anthropomorphic border collie in real world. While in his spirit form, he often travelling through all places in the world, watching life goes on in dogs. Thirsty with any kind of experiences that world could offer, when he intend to, he can see, hear, and feel every dog in the world. Guardian Shepherds can also be a shortcut to Spirit's world for departing dogs, so that every do spirits that travels through afterlife will need to see bypass the Guardian Shepherds so they can safely pass through the Land of Promise."
About Art Gallery, Exhibition, and Movement
In 2009 Kola turned his own house as a personal Art Gallery, trying to show the art of Anthropomorphic and Fantasy around his place since Anthropomorphic Art is not actually exist in Eastern inlands such as his country, Indonesia. Most of his paintings are conceptual art which tells people about spirituality and way of good life, such as "The Teachings" which tells about Nature, Life, War, and Love. Exhibited on an joint exhibition in his University and attracted a lot of art appreciators, although this kind of movement (Anthropomorphic Art) is like something new among them. However, after the first exhibition was held, the curator asked Kola to keep the series as his personal artworks for more exhibitions in the future time.
Kola first solo exhibition (2009) was at his studio somewhere near Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Displayed his very best painting atyear 2009 Real Balto which attended more than 50 people from his friends and family.
His style is fantasy semi-realistic and often make natural scenery. Most of his personal artworks trying to teach about the way of good life.