Alex Lee Kuan Chien
Alex Lee was born in 1990 in Ipoh and he is a trained architect. Alex has initiated several independent projects in his hometown namely The Ipoh Bus Project sought to revive interest in small town bus systems, LOCAL an architectural commentary magazine, and the Tiny Art Space in the old town heritage trail zone dedicated towards advancing public interaction with the arts.
He collaborated with the Lostgens Contemporary Arts Space in Kuala Lumpur where he worked on the place-making and community mapping of the Jalan Sultan, a heritage district in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. In November 2015, he was selected to participate in the TransActions in the Field an international masterclass and art project on challenging the role of citizen participation through participatory public art. Alex Lee is currently based in Penang and works as an independent visual artist.
Anniketyni Madian graduated with a BA in Fine Arts (Major in Sculpture) from MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam in 2009. In 2016 she received the Young Guns Art Awards from the HOM Art Trans held in Kuala Lumpur. She has also participated in art residencies at HOM Art Trans in 2011 and Rimbun Dahan in 2015. She is active in exhibiting her artworks since 2009.
She loves working with a variety of wood materials as the main element in most of the sculptures she created. Thoughts & ideas behind many of Anniketyni’s sculptures are taken from the designs of the Pua Kumbu textiles of native Sarawak. Incorporating traditional designs and patterns with her own modern interpretation, Anniketyni’s sculptures take on a life of their own.
Chan Lai Kuen
Chan Lai Kuen is interested in making works that transgress the idea of boundaries of spaces. As a cross-disciplinary artist, she sometimes incorporates performative elements into her installation works and focuses on the interaction between the audience and the works.
There was a period of time she was busying building large wooden structures inside rooms with different width and height. The wooden structures although having been built from the same modules, they showed different faces while placed in different spaces.
Together with her friends, she then made sound performances within these wooden structures. Once she sat in front of an exhibition opening demanding audience to enter only after filling up the landing cards similar to the ones we have at the immigration counter.
This is the first time she attempts to engage and work together with a local community to again try to blur the boundary of spaces between “they “ and “us”.
Aisyah Baharuddin is a visual and performance artist. She holds a BA in Fine Arts (with Honor) from MARA University of Technology (UiTM) Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2004. She is the co-founder of Tindakan Gerak Asuh (TIGA), an art organization that is actively participating, facilitating and organizing local and international cultural projects through workshops and festivals. Since 2012, she runs an art space called Pusat Sekitar Seni which is aimed to empower youth by organizing arts, environmental and community projects. Aisyah also organized the Street Art Festival Padang Jawa 2013, ‘Population; in or out’ Art Exchange Project 2014, Malaysia & Indonesia and PEACE PROJECT 2015/2016 in Johor Bahru.
Azli Wahid is a visual artist who explores and creates his artworks with materials from the nature. Graduated with a BA in Fine Arts (Major in Sculpture) from MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2008. He has exhibited his sculptural works in various local and international exhibitions since 2009. He received a major award at the Penang Open Art Festival Exhibition in 2009 and also in Johor Open Competition on 2011. He also received the first prize at the Bakat Juara Melukis RTM TV1 on 2011. In his artworks exploring the nature, Azli sees landscape as a canvas in the way he responses the issues between human and nature.
Gan Sze Hooi
Gan Sze Hooi is a visual artist who explores through mixed media, drawing and oil painting by narrating the perception of culture, nature, history, and society that emerged from the development of post-colonization.
Born in 1977 in Kuala Lumpur, he lives and works in the same city where he also studied Visual Art at Central Academy of Art. He has been showing his works since 2012 at prominent art galleries in Kuala Lumpur i.e. solo exhibition at Lostgens Contemporary Art Space, group exhibition at the G13 gallery, Xin Art Space, MAP Solaris, and the Wei Ling Gallery. He is also a participant for the International Art Camp 2016 in Srinagar, India.
Jamil Zakaria graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from the Mara University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor in 2013. His artwork incorporates a transparent 3D visual quality from the weaving of wires that creates his own unique and interesting composition. He has actively involved in exhibiting his artworks since 2004 in many national and internationally shows.
He was also the finalist of OITA Sculpture Competition, Japan in 2010 and he has been awarded the first prize in Alpha Competition in 1999, and second prize in Sand Sculpture UiTM in 2006 and a Consolation Art Award at Mekar Citra, Shah Alam Gallery in 2010. In addition he also received Dean’s Award in his Diploma of Fine Arts studies in 2006.
Low Khay Hooi
Low Khay Hooi is an artist, illustrator and art teacher based in Kuala Lumpur. He is also actively involved in the community art projects which includes Moon Walk Pudu Art Fest, Petaling Street Art Fest, Wow Serdang Art Fest, Pangkor Island Festival, “Look , Port Weld” Kuala Sepetang Art Carnival, YSD Giant Puppet Making Workshop , Warisan Padi Kedah Festival and Dream Parade 2016 (Taiwan) etc.
Low obtained his Advanced Diploma in Printmaking from Central Academy of Art, Malaysia in 1998 and established Art Generation Studio in 1999.
In 2014-2016, Art Generation Studio had been invited by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture under Taiwan South East Asia Exchange program. In 2015, Art Generation Studio won the Best Costume Design, Styling & Make Up for The Unicorn’s Travelogue in 12th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.
New Era University College, Department of Art & Design
Established in 2002, New Era’s Art and Design Department has been working on numerous community art projects over the years. Among the more recent programmes are the Kajang Cultural Mapping Project and the building of an Activity Hall at an affordable-housing block of flats in Semenyih, Selangor.
Art with Heart – that’s the motto the department lives by. It believes the spirit of giving and sharing is just as important as the hard skills that a student learns. The school plans to continue its community outreach progressively in the coming years.
Nicholas was born in 1976 in Kedah, Malaysia.
He graduated as a graphic designer but instead he works as a tooling designer. Out of pure coincidence, it was years ago when he was introduced to clay making by his artist friends. Since then he has been deeply inspired and motivated by the medium and soon he began to use his own hands to create something that can totally represent what he believes in.
This experience ignited his hidden desire of being creative.
Since then he has focused his art making on the craft of clay and ceramic.
He now lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.
Nizam Abdullah was born in 1981 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. He received his tertiary education from the Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology in Kuala Lumpur and graduated with a Diploma in Visual Digital Arts, majoring in Sculpture, where he discovered his passion in sculpture making.
Nizam is known for his signature artwork called “The Fighting Rooster‟. The rooster is a self-portrait of himself; it depicts his self-identification and self-exploration.
His interest in arts does not stop at creating metals sculptures as he also paints and produces sculptures with fiberglass. His popular painting series are the “365Me Series”, a distorted study of himself that was exhibited in his solo exhibition.
Nizam is actively pursuing in creating sculptures around Malaysia to educate the public on arts and sculptures appreciation. He believed that the public need arts (sculptures) to their surroundings, to enhance the environment and for the public to appreciate.