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Symon's Art Zoo

Exotic, erotic, and esoteric, one artist's live-in Bali gallery brings a splash of color and madness to its surroundings. 

A bizarre and wonderful home, come studio, come gallery on the island of Bali, Symon’s Art Zoo is one man’s slightly skewed vision of the world, told in bright colors, grotesque caricature, and erotic sculpture.

Located in the Campuan region of Bali, American artist Symon has turned his home into a phantasmagoria of art and imagery. Every wall, ceiling and surface from the inside to the outside has been painted a loud color, not that its easy to tell what with the countless framed pictures crammed onto almost every available inch of space. The outside of Symon’s home is arguably even more impressive, with a huge blue religious figure lounging outside his front door, and a large red phallus statue on display.

As the gallery is also his home, Symon can usually be found on the site and is generally more than happy to discuss the process and history of his prolific work. He is also in the business of selling his art from the gallery, so if you stop by, bring some cash as there is usually a hard sell at the end.