Toni Junus is born on 1 May 1956 in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, Indonesia. In 1980 he graduaded from the Academy of Material Art of Indonesia (Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia: ASRI) in Jogjakarta. It was during his first years in college (1976) that Toni Junus started having an interest in kerises. During the years 1997 – 2002, Toni Junus participated in experiments for the making of kerises in Madura, Malang and Solo. Next, Mr. Junus became a senior art director of an international advertising agency in Jakarta.
For many years already Mr. Junus has been actively involved in various activities within the Indonesian keris community. He is, for example, one of the head members of the Panji Nusantara Community, and he was the head of the editorial staff of the magazine/semi-journal about tosan aji, called ‘Pamor’. As a member of the Damartaji Organisation, Toni Junus was closely involved in the proposal for the proclamation of the keris as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ granted by UNESCO in 2006. Then, he also played an important role in another formal proclamation, namely that of the contemporary keris, or ‘Keris Kamardikan’ (Bentara Budaya Jakarta, 2008).
In co-operation with the Indonesian National Keris Community (SNKI), Toni Junus assisted in the organization of various keris exhibitions, like:
– Keris Nusantara 2006, Bentara Budaya Jakarta;
– Keris Kamardikan Award 2008, Bentara Budaya Jakarta;
– Keris for the World 2010, National Gallery of Indonesia;
– Hulu Keris, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, July 2011;
– Keris Bugis, Bentara Budaya, November 2011;
– Festival Keris Kamardikan, National Museum in Jakarta, October 2012.
Aside from the aforementioned activities, Toni Junus is also the composer and author of the book ‘Pesona Hulu Keris – The Beauty of Kris Hilt from the Collection of Aswin Wiryadi’ which was published by PT. Indonesia Kebanggaku in 2011. Then, in 2012, Mr. Junus produced a high quality film documentary called ‘Tafsir Keris – The Interpretation of Keris’ which is based on the book of the same name.
To this very day, Toni Junus instructs and educates local keris enthusiasts and encourages them to make kamardikan kerises.
Below follow some of the recent top works of Toni Junus:
2002: Kanjeng Kyahi Satriyo Gugah
2011: Kanjeng Kyahi Kaget
2012: Kanjeng Kyahi Romo Tambak (gold-plated)