Diana Lui

Diana Lui is an artist and filmmaker of Chinese and Sikh origins from Malaysia. She was sent in the 1980’s at age 14 to further her studies in Los Angeles, California. After 12 years in the United States, Lui moved to Europe, first to Belgium and finally to France in 1998. Lui’s transient life between three different continents has developed in her a heightened sense of “rootlessness”. This “loss of self” became later the center from which her art took shape. Consequently, her work for the last 30 years questions the changing definition of cross-cultural identities, past, present, future identities, hybrid identities as well as non-identities.

Diana Lui’s early art education was influenced by teachers Robert Heinecken and Jan Stüssy, prominent artists of the 1960’s Post-Modernist period. Lui specialized in photogravure and platinum/palladium printing under the guidance of Los Angeles master printmaker Anthony Zepeda, Rauschenberg’s former printer.

Based in Paris now for 18 years, Lui works between Europe, North Africa and Asia. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops projects over several years. Diana Lui’s large format photographic portraits have been compared to August Sander’s portraits of the German people. However, Lui takes off from August Sander’s objectivity with a lyricism and sensitivity of her own interpretation.

Her project since 2009 explores the veil and traditional costume and their universal semantics in Northern Africa, Asia and Europe. Recent exhibitions include a series of striking portraits on women in traditional costume from Tunisia at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, portraits of Moroccan women in traditional veiled costumes at the Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang, portraits on Malaysian women’s contemporary identity at the George Town Festival in Penang and portraits of women in traditional costume from Toulouse (Occitane region in southwestern France, 150 km from the Mediterranean sea) at the modern and contemporary art museum Les Abattoirs.

Lui’s latest experimental project involves our identification with the universe through astronomy and astrophysics where she collaborated with scientists who are working on planet Mars at the Institut de RechercheenAstrophysique et Planétologie, IRAP (Research Institute for Astrophysics and Planetology) in Toulouse, the center of the European aerospace industry.

Tan Vooi Yam

Recieved his education in Fine Arts from Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1992. his Artworks consist of potteries, wood carvings and various form of ceramic arts. For Tan, his thematics ranges from the nature, religion and childrens. Tan depicts himself as a third generation potters. His family owned a ceramic factory in Bercham that produced ceramic, primarily in stoneware. After finishing his studies in college, he came back to help with his family business and started to design for the factory and later to his own art form in 3D ceramic. He had held a solo exhibition titled ”A journey from Earth to Fire” in Ipoh on 2013.

Jeganathan a/l Ramachandran

Jeganathan Ramachandram was born on 17 July 1962 in Kuala Lumpur. Like any creative person, his interest has always been wide and varied, but for need of description, he can be closely categorized as an artist, Manayadi Saastram (Vaasthu) practitioner, Nadha Brahmam analyst and columnist, author, poet and more. His yearning for the deep meaning and mysteries of life has been a long and continuous one, and not surprising, his works symbolically represent how he sees our physical, psychological and spiritual connection with the universe around us.

As for his art training, Jeganathan studied fine arts and traditional Indian painting (Tanjore Art) under Babu Surender, in Chennai, India from 1982 to 1984; granite sculpturing under Sthapathi Thangavelu Achari in Thirupathi, Principal of Thirupathi School of Temple Architecture, India; wood carving under Muthusamy Achari, Indian Classical music with ‘Vithvan’ Veena Arjuna in Madras and also Tantric art with Bootha Muni.

Bayu Utomo Radjikin

Bayu was born in 1969, Tawau Sabah. He recieved his education from UiTM, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art. his works, from painting to sculpture, gave focus to the public identity and the personal, social reviews regarding the political strain at the internatoinal level. Bayu had exhibited in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Pakistan and had won several major awards in Malaysia. he is a member of the Matahati Art Group and F Klub, and now the Director of HOM Art Trans, Bayu had, in his whole art career, worked to cultivate and encourage contemporary talent from this region.

Amir Zainorin

Amir Zainorin was born 1963, in Johor, Malaysia. From 1995 to 1998 he went through an apprenticeship to the Pop Artist, Ahmad Azhari, in Kuala Lumpur, and in 1988 to 1990 he studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA, majoring in Business Administration. in 1986 to 1983, at University of Central Arkansas, for a Bachelor in Business Administration, and in 1980 throughout 1983, at Ungku Omar Polytechnic Ipoh, Malaysia. He was involved with the Bela Biennale, Rio De Janiero, Brazil in 2014, and in 2016, with the Art in Exile, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde Denmark’ and ‘A Fact Has No Appearence, Art Beyond the Object” National Art Gallery, Singapore.

Haslin Ismail

Haslin Ismail was born in 1984, Johor. His work shows the gloom, the dark and at times the violent that represent a certain fitness and freshness in the strength of the art, and cultures of the local. He is  B.A Hons of Fine Arts from Mara Institute of Technology, UiTM.

Jeffrey Lim

Jeffrey Lim (b. 1978, Kuala Lumpur) comes from a background in communication design. His interests are located at the intersection of identity and cultural heritage, taking forms of conceptual representation with the use of imagery, found-objects & spaces and interactions. Currently exploring anthropology and ethnographic studies, the relevance of identity, & the nationalistic-construct.

Zakaria Awang

The formation of the Art & Design Faculty in Mara Institute of Technology back in 1967 gave birth the existence of a fine art course in 1971 that  became a catalyst to the Malaysian public sculpture movement and the Malaysian art scene as a whole. ITM was among the main institution that helped and trained new artistic talent that had develop the scene to what it is today.

The early 80s saw to the emergences of sculptor  from the institute, that had helped the public sculpture movement. Among them is the late Zakaria Awang, whom implements traditional and Islamic context in his  works, such as calligraphy, whilst quoting quranic text, using western mode of work making, such as installation, becoming the inspiration of many new artist that debuted throughout the 70s.