Malaysian Art News

July 3, 2015
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Emerging Malaysian Artists you should take note of

Malaysia is a hot-pot of art where there are constantly new and emerging artists who graduate each year while many established ones are continuously producing some […]
June 2, 2014
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Choy Chun Wei showcases his signature at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 with ‘The Human Landscape’

Another Malaysian artist did the country when he showcased his works at the recently held Art Basel Hong Kong. Renowned contemporary artist Choy Chun Wei was […]
February 19, 2014
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Where are the new Malaysian artists?

Malaysia has one of the most vibrant and dynamic contemporary art scenes in the region today. This is very much evident with the mushrooming and opening […]
February 13, 2014
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ABU=ASHES painting by Young Contemporaries finalist removed for reasons unknown

A painting by emerging Malaysian artist Cheng Yenpheng was removed by the National Visual Arts Gallery as it contained a famous anti-Umno slogan. The painting was […]
May 29, 2013

Wei-Ling Gallery represents Malaysia at Art Basel 2013

The widely anticipated Art Basel 2013 Hong Kong saw some very interesting visitors who came to the most prominent art fair in the world. There were […]
May 13, 2013

Remembering Tew Nai Tong – The Passing of a true Malaysian Artist

The Malaysian art scene recently suffered a great loss when Tew Nai Tong passed away on May 4th. The late artist’s works have been an inspiration […]
January 25, 2013

Art teacher Eric Lai to create a Zacharevic-inspired murals for Ipoh

If one had not known better, if seems that mural art is making some form of ‘comeback’ in recent years. The truth is, mural art has […]
January 17, 2013

The One Academy students win Tanjong Heritage National Art Competition

The 2012 Tanjong Heritage National Art Competition held last year saw some very overwhelming response which had 4 students from The One Academy emerging winners for […]
January 11, 2013

London’s World Eco-Fibre and Textile exhibition to feature textile art by Society Atelier Sarawak

The Society Atelier Sarawak is putting Malaysian art in the world map again where it is going to host a major textile art exhibition at the […]
January 1, 2013

The ‘12’ art exhibition diffused the anxiety by presenting great art

Simply entitled ‘12’, The Warehouse art gallery in Georgetown recently showed some of the interpretations by a group of artists about the widely talked about 21-12-12 […]
December 19, 2012

Art fair to help animal shelter Noah’s Ark’s

Jessica Chia, a Chapman Art School recently came up with the idea of organizing an art fair to raise funds to help the Noah’s Ark Natural […]
December 18, 2012

12 year-old Malaysian Mok Yan Ling wins United Nations art competition

Mok Yan Ling, a 12 year old Malaysian girl created history for Malaysia when she won the 9 to 12 years old category of the United […]
December 13, 2012

Latiff Mohidin’s painting tops sales at Malaysian Modern and Contemporary Art Auction

Art auctions have been drawing out the headlines in the Malaysian art scene recently and the latest edition came through the Malaysian Modern and Contemporary Art […]
December 13, 2012

Mural artist Ernest Zacharevic do not consider himself a street artist as walls are like canvases

By now, the name Ernest Zacharevic would strike a chord with anyone who is familiar with the Malaysian art scene. For those who do not know, […]
December 7, 2012

Playground in Island 2012 – bringing media art together in Sabah

A digital event entitled ‘Playground in Island’ was held in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah recently. The event was a digital event that brought together creative artists […]
December 7, 2012

Portrait art inspired from Facebook photos

Vincent Phang’s recent solo exhibition drew some rave reviews in Penang recently. The 27-year old artist is currently holding the ‘Facebook Illustration 2012’ exhibition which will […]
November 30, 2012

Malaysian designers exhibits their batik designs at fashion show

8 local fashion designers showcased their traditional batik designs at a fashion show recently. The event was held the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex which was organized […]
November 29, 2012

Malaysia art practitioners among five Nations in SeaMAF 2012

Malaysia was part of the 5 nations that took part in the recently held SeaMAF 2012 (Southeast Asian Malay Art Festival). It was a festival that […]
November 28, 2012

Winners selected for ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ art competition for slow learners and physically challenged

A prize-giving ceremony was recently held by Resorts World Genting to conclude the ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ art competition. The event was held for slow learners and […]
November 27, 2012

Art lover Dr Abdullah Sani Lecturer sets up own art gallery in Terengganu

Dr Abdullah Sani Kamaluddin is the owner of Ganu D’Art Gallery. He is after all one of the few art enthusiasts in Malaysia who spent his […]
November 26, 2012

Lu Lei indulges in his Chinese calligraphy art in his seaside residence of Port Dickson

It is not often that one comes across an artist who devotes his entire artwork to the industry and that is just what Lu Lei, a […]
November 23, 2012

Russian artists travel around Malaysia to capture landscapes for coffee table book

As part of the government’s effort to promote Malaysia in the world through art, a group of Russian artists will be travelling around the country on […]
November 21, 2012

Young T-Shirt designers win Fun Tees-PAWS competition

Fun Tee recently collaborated with PAWS (Paws Animal Welfare Society) in the ‘Design for a Cause’ contest. They have identified the 7 winners which were announced […]
November 19, 2012

UMS lecturer collects art and helps aspiring artists

For Dr Awangku Hassanal Bahar Pengiran Bagul, the head of BIMP-EAGA Unit for Tourism Development at UMS (University Malaysia Sabah), art appreciation is not just collecting […]
November 16, 2012

Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita kicks-off nationwide tour at Iskandar Malaysia

It seems that the Iskandar Malaysia region in southern state Johor is becoming quite the place to be in recent months. With world class theme parks […]
November 16, 2012

Datuk Michelle Yeoh gets Lifetime Arts Achievement award

Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh is a person who needs no introduction in the film industry. She was the first Asian actress who acted in a James […]
November 14, 2012

77 Malaysian artists show unity in A4 sized art show

It was quite a unique environment to see such a reputable list of Malaysian artists’ works gathering within the second floor of the shoplot in Taman […]
November 12, 2012

Kolams and peacocks the main theme at malls this Deepavali

As Hindus around the world make preparations for the upcoming Deepavali celebrations, it is very common to see major public spaces like shopping centres and others […]
November 12, 2012

2 boys win renewable energy drawing competition

Children in primary schools and the term ‘renewable energy’ might not strike much of a chord in most situations but a drawing and colouring competition organised […]
November 9, 2012

Clarins We Care charity runs drawing contest for environmental friendly pupils

Clarins, one of the leading European skincare brand recently played their part for charity when they organised the ‘Clarins We Care Charity’ to help provide better […]
November 9, 2012

Sarawak Museum holds talk on human evolution and ancient art

Some 60 history and art enthusiasts recently learned more than they thought they knew about human evolution and ancient art organised by the Sarawak Museum. The […]
November 8, 2012

Trick Art Museum lets you finish painting the Mona Lisa, among others

If there is one place that one should go for fun and creativity, it would be the Trick Art Museum in i-City, Shah Alam. This would […]
November 8, 2012

Penang State Museum Board to go for ISO Certification in Artefact Management

The Penang State Museum Board recently told the Penang state assembly that they are currently reviewing their storage system for art and artefacts. This would involve […]
November 7, 2012

Penang State Art Gallery showcases 47 years of artworks

The Penang State Art Gallery is currently holding an art exhibition which showcases 47 years of artworks from some of Malaysia’s most prominent and established artists. […]
November 7, 2012

MBS boys designs plain shoes into hip footwear

The visual arts students of Methodist Boys’ School Georgetown showed how ordinary and plain school shoes could be transformed into more contemporary and hip footwear when […]
November 6, 2012

National Visual Arts Gallery promotes graffiti art with 60 meter wall

Some 29 young artists were recently invited to ‘redecorate’ a wall at the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG). This was seen as a truly unique move […]
November 5, 2012

Rainbow of Arts in the Year of the Dragon on show by Perak artists

The Soka Gakkai Malaysia in Ipoh recently featured 90 pieces of watercolour paintings in a group exhibition entitled ‘Rainbow of Arts in the Year of the […]
November 5, 2012

Maamor’s excellent watercolour techniques on show

Maamor Jantan, one of Malaysia’s most renowned watercolour artists recently showed off his latest works in the ‘Faces’ joint art exhibition at the Universiti Malaya Art […]
November 2, 2012

Bank Negara has 2,000 art works in permanent collection

As one of the major supporter and advocate of the Malaysian art industry, it has been reported that BNM (Bank Negara Malaysia) has to date, collected […]
November 2, 2012

Winner of ‘Fun Exploration with Kuntum and Dutch Lady School’ contest a seasoned contestant in competitions.

Alini Balqis Azizul, a 7-year old girl’s determination and creativity paid off when she travelled 7 hours from Pasir Gudang in Johor to Pahang’s state capital […]
November 2, 2012

English painter battles the odds and continues to paint portraits in JB

Saw recently at the 9th Johor Bahru Arts Fesvial 2012 is an art exhibition entitled ‘My Passion For Portraits’ by English painter Sofia Cole. The 51 […]
November 2, 2012

Time for junk making art form to improve

79 year old veteran Raymondo Allas said that there is a need for foreign craftsmen to be invited in helping local craft makers in improving their […]
November 2, 2012

Year-6 students who joined mural painting contest to be displayed on hoarding boards of KLEC

The KL Eco City (KLEC) Mural Painting Competition is set to take centrestage and become a very large art canvas which will involve the hoarding around […]
November 2, 2012

Maybank Foundation art exhibition for people with disabilities raises RM20k

19 paintings were recently sold at a 3-day exhibition entitled ‘Nurkilan Jiwaku’ at Menara Maybank. The exhibition was held for members of the public and employees […]
October 31, 2012

Majestic Hotel, where the National Art Gallery was previously housed to reopen in December

Amidst the rapid development and fast moving commuters and corporate working groups of Kuala Lumpur lies The Majestic Hotel, one of the oldest and most unique […]
October 31, 2012

Children art competition pays tribute to our firemen

Some 200 children and teenagers recently participated in the 17th Subang Jaya Children’s Art Competition at The Summit USJ in Subang Jaya which encircled around the […]
October 31, 2012

Designer brings Henna Art to the masses

The Mehndi or Henna Art is commonly associated with weddings among Muslims and Hindus. This temporary tattoo patterns is one that is what Anushiya Thulukanam wants […]
October 30, 2012

Limkokwing University student wins 1Malaysia The Futurists Art Competition

Lim Zee Chee, a first year student from Cyberjaya’s Limkokwing University of Creative Technology painted her way into the history books when she won the 1Malaysia […]
October 30, 2012

RM3.5m worth of art sold at second 2012 Henry Butcher Art Auction

Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers Sdn Bhd recently held its second art auction which saw some 87 paintings coming under the hammer at the Sime Darby Convention […]
October 30, 2012

Art Competition and Exhibition for Special Needs People bring everyone together in art

The recent Art Competition and Exhibition for Special Needs People which was organised by the local Rotary Clubs and held at the National Visual Arts Gallery […]
October 29, 2012

Cheng Haw Chien becomes first Malaysia to show lingnan-style works at China’s birthplace

Cheng Haw Chien, one of the few Malaysian painters known for the lingnan-style artworks will be holding an exhibition at Dongguan City in southern Guangdong, China. […]
October 29, 2012

‘Joined in Dance’ brings together male dancers

Malaysia’s own Indian classical dance performer Mr Ramli Ibrahim recently put the country in the world map when he won became the first Malaysian to win […]
October 25, 2012

Aswara’s post-graduate programme in the arts launched with funding available – 250

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, the Minister of Information, Communications and Culture recently launched the Artistic Scholarship and Excellence Research Centre of Aswara (Akademi Seni Budaya […]
October 25, 2012

Kedah artists showcase the laid-back rice planting environment in exhibition

6 renowned artists recently had their works exhibited at the ‘Northern Malaysian Scenes Art Exhibition’ at the Galeri Seni Mutiara in Penang. Rightfully so, the exhibition […]
October 24, 2012

Jimmy Choo shares advice with students and budding designers

Datuk Jimmy Choo, perhaps the most famous shoe designer in Malaysia recently visited one of the most historical and popular art institutions in the country, MIA […]
October 24, 2012

Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 attracts 1,300 participants

The Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 recently kicked off with much fanfare when more than 1,300 photographers participated in the event in 2 Malaysian cities. Organised by […]
October 24, 2012

Finnish artist expresses environmental issues at ‘Nature in Transformation’ exhibition – 250

The recent ‘Nature in Transformation’ exhibition by Finnish artist Susanna Herneshiemi was more than just art because it was the ideal platform for the artist to […]
October 23, 2012

Korean, Iranian and Malaysian artists showcase unique elements at MIKA 2012

The MIKA 2012 or Malaysian, Iranian and Korean Artists Contemporary art exhibition saw the coming together of artists from 3 countries to showcase their creative and […]
October 23, 2012

All-boys team impresses at kolam contest

A group of boys from the St Francis Institution of Malacca recently made history by joining the state-level 1Malaysia Rangoli Competition organised by the Educational Welfare […]
October 22, 2012

Loans available for art students to start their own businesses after graduating

The state of Sarawak is taking an unprecedented step in the promotion and development of art when it was announced that there are opportunities for students […]