In his early twenties, artist Jon Koko spent a few months in India, where he experienced firsthand a sense of almost spiritual solitude, which led him to become interested in Eastern philosophies, changing the paradigms of the society in which he had grown up.
His early works were full of strong colors, inspired by Rothko and Rauschenberg, then his style evolved as he matured into a philosophy of life based on balance, silence and that comforting feeling one gets when faced with an empty but uncluttered space.
Jon Koko’s illustrations follow the path of simplicity of emptiness, understood as spiritual filling, that Japanese concept summarized by the term Ma.
In the years following her first visit to India Koko traveled to Asia, Japan in particular, finding inspiration for the subjects of her works, which now depict a suspended everyday world in which the subjects do not quicken the pace of their lives.
The muted hues and geometries of color used by the artist are the means to complete a meditation session that has art as its medium. The scenes depicted are like those satisfying videos with which it is easy to feel completed even for a second, so all around nothing changes.