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Ismail Baba

Ismail Baba, is a naïve artist who is far from naïve.  Yes,
he paints with eyes like a child, in wonderment of the
environment around him. Ismail's palette is colourful, raw
& strong. This stamps from his early years as a display
artist leading to working as a visualizer and then running his
own advertising company, till his retirement a few years ago.
Life, he says is complicated enough. Through his art, he
hopes to transport viewers away from their daily humdrum,
into a world of bewilderment, merriment & innocence. One
cannot help but be happy viewing scenes of Malaysian's
everyday life in the city & country portrayed in a playful manner. 
He's subjects range from portraying the joys of shopping during
festive seasons in the busy, bustling shopping haven of Jalan
TAR in downtown Kuala Lumpur  to the laid back countryside
where birds fly freely, and buffaloes & people work to till the land,
from dawn to dusk.
Through his art, Ismail wishes to create an identifiable Malaysian
art, reflecting Malaysia's demographic diversity and colourful blend
of people, culture & heritage, past & present, borrowed & evolved.

Education & Experience

Obtained a Certificate, Industrial Training Institute, Jalan Kuchai Lama, KL
Major In Building Design (Certified in Photography)

1972 -1980     
Senior Artist (Art Dept) Kuala Lumpur Hilton Hotel.

Executive Artist, Fitzpatrick’s Food Fair.
May 1981      
Head of Graphic Dept Syed Hussein Publications Sdn Bhd
Nov 1981
Chief Display Artist Metrojaya Sdn Bhd

Apr   1982     
Visualiser Promotion Plus Sdn. Bhd
Oct   1982     
Studio Manager (Art Dept) Subang View Hotel

Nov  1984     
Corporate Design Coordinator Syarikat Maju Hotel

1985 -1991     
Assistant Art Director Petaling Jaya Hilton

1992 -2006     
Set Up Own Company Advertising

2007 till now 
Full Time Artist and Members National Art Gallery
“CeriteraKu” - Matic Art Gallery (Malaysian Tourism Centre) Jalan
Ampang Kuala Lumpur.
- “Urban Art 2” Galeri Pelita Hati, Bangsar Kuala Lumpur
-  Karnival Seni Kontemporari 1 Malaysia Sempena LIMA 2013
-  Pameran dan Jualan “Art for The World”  - Kompleks Kraf,
Kuala Lumpur
-  Open Show G13 Gallery, 2012
-  Pameran Pelukis Selangor Galeri Shah Alam 2012.
-  MITE 2012 (Malaysia International Tourism Exchange) at
Serdang, Selangor
-  Pameran Terbuka Galeri Shah Alam.
-  1 MCAT Malaysia Your New Art Tourism Destination Launch &
Exhibition at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
-  Pameran Lukisan “Members Only” Balai Seni Visual Negara.
-  “Naive Light Over Jerusalem” the 5th International Naive Art
Festival and Exhibition, Israel.
-  “Langkawi Art Colony” Malaysia Chapter at Beranda by Sheraton and
National Visual Arts Development.
-  Filming for TV9 “USRAH” , Bakat Kreatif segment.
-  Pameran “Sambutan Hari Krismas 2013” di Balai Seni Visual Negara.
-   Nostalgia Langkawi 2011
-   Filming of  “Coret Seni” slot by IPPTAR (RTM) at Galery Tanjung, Conlay
Artists Colony
-   Lukisan dan Macam-macam di Rimba - Galeri Sangkot, Hulu Langat
-   MCAT 2011 (Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism) KLCC Convention Centre
-   Pameran Terbuka 2011 Galeri Shah Alam.
-   Second Sabah Folk Art International 2011.
-   MCAT 2011 (Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism) Matic KL
-   CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia 2011
-   Christmas Exhibiton 2011 (Invitation by National Visual Art Gallery) at
High School Kajang.
-   Verandah Seni - Art of LIFE - Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya, Selangor
-   Pameran Kurnia Cipta Yayasan Warisan Johor.
-   Pameran Pelukis Selangor 2010 -  Galeri Shah Alam Selangor
-   Expo 2010 Shanghai, China, Outsider Art
-   Pameran Terbuka 2010 -  Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor
-   Citra Terengganu 2010 at Terengganu Museum
-   MASIF 2010 at Pavilion K.L (Music Art Style International Fashion)
-   Conlay Art Colony Group Art Exhibitions
-   HABITAT SENI at Solaris
-   Art Exhibition  ART UNDER 500 - Pahang Art Museum.
-   International Art and Photography Exhibition.
-   The RAW Nostalgia Langkawi 2010
-   Pameran Terbuka 2009 -  Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor
-   Pameran Tampannya Budi   - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
-   Malaysian Open 2009 - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
-  Malaysia Naive Art Showcase 08, Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala
-  Pameran Terbuka 2008  - Galeri Shah Alam

-  Central Market Artist 21 years on – Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
-  Mekar Citra -  Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor
-  Pameran Terbuka 2007 (Open Show) - Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor
-  “ANUGERAH INSENTIF” Galeri Shah Alam 2012