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Nizar Kamal Ariffin

Nizar, born 9 September, 1964, hails from Kuala Lipis, Pahang.
He joined Senika, Pahang’s art society in 1984. He worked at the
Ministry of Culture and Youth and was appointed resident artist at
Taman Seni Budaya Pahang. In 1986, he studied Fine Arts and
Graphics at University Sains Malaysia. After graduation, he continued
to paint arduously, moving to Kuala Lumpur in 1993 to paint at Central
Market and Angkatan Pelukis SeMalaysia House. In 1998, he became
a full-time artist and eventually joined the Artists Colony at Kuala Lumpur
Craft Complex.
 
Nizar believes that in the final analysis, everyone is the same. One
may lead a privileged life, a suffering life or am a successful individual
but as Nizar portrays in his "Bayang" (Shadow), a metamorphosis from
his previous series -"Topeng" (Mask) & later "Faces and Faces", his
subjects are just unidentifiable silhouettes. When one looks at the
painting, one cannot differentiate the powerful from the subservient,
the beautiful from the ugly, and the rich from the poor.  Everyone is equal.
Everything is open to each viewer’s own personal interpretation. He uses
a mix of materials, acrylic paints and texture paste to stunning effect.
 
 
SELECTED EXIBITIONS
 
2012   
The Faces of Abstraction – KL Lifestyle Art Space, Kuala
Lumpur
2011   
Conlay Artist Group – MAP @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas,
Kuala Lumpur
2010   
Kepada Mu Kekasih – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Melangkau Ufuk – Antara Langit dan Bumi – Galeri Petronas,
Kuala Lumpur
2009   
Tampannya Budi – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2008   
Palestin - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2007    
Lakarasa Inderapura - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2005   
Koleksi Siri-3 – Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Terbuka Malaysia – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2004   
Imajan – Maybank Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2003   
Phillip Morris Art Award – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Topeng – Stonor Art Centre, Kuala Lumpur
2002   
5 Sekawan – Ulterly Gallery, Singapore
Crossroad – Alliance Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Potret Diri - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2001   
Face the Act- Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
2000   
Phillip Morris Asian Art Award - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1999   
Phillip Morris Asian Art Award - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1998   
Paradise Stroke – Century Paradise Club, Kuala Lumpur           
Citra Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur
Labour of Love – Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
APEC – Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Living Pellete – Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
1997   
Menemui Modeniti - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1996   
Date 6 Sense – Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Pameran APS - Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
1993   
Malaysia Fest – Kuala Lumpur
1992   
Senika – IKIP, Kuantan, Pahang
1991   
Miniature – Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
1990   
Young Contemporary - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1989   
Young Contemporary - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Papier mache – Citra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1988   
Pameran Sejarah Pahang – Pekan, Pahang
Kuantan Town/MPK – Kuantan, Pahang
Young Contemporary - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1987    
Inspirasi Seni – Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Aspirasi – Universiti Sains Malaysia Museum, Penang
1986   
Pahang – Kuantan, Pahang
Manifestasi ‘3P’ – Kuantan, Pahang
1985   
Senika – Hyatt Hotel, Kuantan, Pahang
WWF – DBKL, Kuala Lumpur
 
AWARDS

Honorable Mention : Phillip Morris Asian Art Award – 2000
Honorable Mention : Phillip Morris Asian Art Award – 1999

19th December 2011



for more info on Nizar Kamal Ariffin, buy a copy of
ArtMalaysia Magazine issue 16


No. Hp : +6012.657.1214
Email   : nizar99@gmail.com

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