Thursday, July 24, 2008

Latif Maulan Biography

Name: Abd Latif Maulan
Date Of Birth: 28-11-1974
Education : Sekolah Menengah,
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bentung

1996 Rupa Kata, Pekan Seni Ipoh, Perak, M'sia.
1997 A Question Of Balance, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1998 Mirror-Mirror On The Wall, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1999 Miniaturization, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1999 The Journey Of Malaysian Art, Kuala Lumpur.
2000 Collector Party, Excel Gallery, Columbus Avenue, USA
2001 Inspirational Travel Australia
2002-2003 Inspirational Travel England, France, Italy
2004 Melting Pot Of Culture, Great Eastern Mall and Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
(Demonstration of realism art painting)
2005 Tsunami Fund Art Donation, Malaysian Red Crescent, ART Case Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
2006 PARALLEL UNIVERSE, First Solo Exhibition, Art case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 
2007 Pameran Anak Pahang , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2008 SUSUR MASA, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
2009 Pameran Amal Palestin, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
2009 Tampannya Budi, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2009 MEA award, Finalist. KL
2009 Zinc Opening, Zinc Art Space, Kuala Lumpur
2009 Artistic Journey, RA Fine Art Gallery
2010 Bad Art MapKL, Solaris Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
2011 Manifestasi Merdeka Balai Seni Visual Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
2011 Pameran Solo: With[out] Voice MapKL, Solaris Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
2012 A Meter Diameter HOM (House Of Matahati) Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
2012 CHARCOAL CRAYON + [water]COLORS, JADA ART, ION Art Space, Singapore
2013 The Young Contempos: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Malaysian & Southeast Asian Art,   Kuala Lumpur
2013 INTRO exhibition; Latif Maulan Open Studio  : Art Row Publika: Solaris Dutamas


  1. Balai Seni Lukis Negara
  2. Bank Negara Malaysia
  3. Sapura Holdings
  4. Peremba Construction
  5. PNB
  6. Ministry of Health Malaysia
  7. Beverlly Hotel, Bintulu Sarawak
  8. Rennaisance Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  9. Mrs Patricia M Carbo (Embassy of Spain)
  10. Encik Mazlan (ZAQ Construction)
  11. Cs Huen (Chan Chun Lan Berhad)
  12. Encik Wan Khairil & Puan Mastura Yazid ( W & W Architect)
  13. Encik Redza (Tradewinds Sdn Bhd)
  14. Encik Kassim (Tangkas Hadapan Sdn Bhd)
  15. Puan Rahiyah Abdullah (Anjak Holdings Sdn bhd)
  16. Toh Puan Mahani & Daim
  17. Datin Yazreen & Datuk Shahril
  18. Puan Sri Datin Fauzah Abdullah
  19. Puan Siti haslinda
  20. Dr. Choo and Angelina 
  21. Puan Nita
  22. Encik Anowar (TUDM)
  23. Mr Iaian & Mrs Yvonne Lang (Australia)
  24. Encik Jespal & Puan Salwa
  25. Encik Roslan & Puan Nita
  26. Encik Shukor Karim & Puan Nani
  27. Puan Ida Suzaini
  28. Encik Faiz Yeop Ahmad
  29. Mr & Mrs K T Cheong
  30. Encik Mokhtar Ghazali
  31. Mr Paul & Mrs Linda Lawhon
  32. Encik Zainal Abidin
  33. Mr & Mrs Roch
  34. Raja Azhar Idris
  35. Raja Selina (KL, Malaysia)
  36. Mr Roger King ( UK )
  37. Mr Ivan Ho (Country Manager Commenwealth Developement Corporation)
  38. Kenta Mishima (Itochu Corporation- Japan)
  39. Tenku Mizan (Kuala lumpur)
  40. Tengku Zubaidah (Dubai)
  41. Mr. Scott Orchard (Australia)
  42. Mr. Richard Gatwick (Kuala Lumpur)
  43. Mr. Rainer Rothoff (Kuala Lumpur)
  44. Encik Adib and Puan Azah (Kuala Lumpur)
  45. Mr. Antonio Marely-President of Atalia Funiture (Italy)
  46. Mr. Kashem Kareem-Shellod Sdn Bhd Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  47. Dato Wan Khairul, Kuala Lumpur
  48. Jacobo Gleiser ( South America )

1974- 1980
I was born in 1974 in state of Pahang in a quiet village of Lebu in Malaysia. My early years of childhood experience started in our bamboo house near a small river. I just love the jungle that surrounded the serene place that we used to live and I had many happy childhood memories like swimming in the river with my friends. I often captured the beautiful scenery on my early drawings. Two of my sisters are also gifted with art; my eldest sister always brought home lots of colorful chalk from school, which I used them to sketch the walls in our house that drove my mother up the wall. When my sisters were back from school, they taught me how to draw and paint; but sadly, neither one of them pursue their interest and skills in painting ever since they got married.

I started primary school in 1981. From form one to form three I studied at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lebu and continued my studies at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bentong in Benus until form five. I was in the Science stream, but my interest in art had made me changed to the art stream.

I finished my high school in 1991, I passed with flying colours, but due to financial constrain, I had to forgo my studies to a university level. I work everywhere to gain money for myself and my family, from washing dishes at the district hospital to a waiter in a local resort. But all of that were merely a month. Later, I worked as a Display Artist Designer at a small shopping complex in the town of Bentong. The pay was low but it was better than nothing.

I never thought of being an artist at that time. I was really lost and has no direction of where should I venture into. My friends kept persuading me to go out from the town of Bentong to explore my talent in Kuala Lumpur; but, I just didn't feel that I am able to survive in a big metropolitan city. But God is kind. I was extremely fortunate to be offered to be the Resident Artist at one of the gallery in KL. I was thrilled to accept the offer. Starting from there onwards, I didn't look back. I started to learn informally about art and being exposed to the real work of art and artists.

During this period, whilst I was still a part time artist at the Gallery, I was also working full time as an Advertising Designer. My paintings, which were displayed at the gallery, received a lot of interests from various visitors. I was able to sell painting almost every month. I learned a lot about the art world and get to know talented and famous Malaysian artists, including Khalil Ibrahim, Ismail Latif and Yusuf Ghani, who gave me many good advice. Another artist, Zaharuddin gave me an advise that I will never forget, he said "If you want to produce good paintings, never use black color. If you happen to have black paint, just throw it away. If you want to make dark colors, mix the red, blue, green and whatever color that you think is suitable for making dark hues". He was so right. From that day onwards, my paintings look very much better and I had never buy any black color till today.

It was the advised and encouragement from all of them that gave me the strength and confidence to become a full fledge artist. I participated in a number of group exhibitions which proved to be extremely successful. One of my masterpiece was sold to Dr.Hussain Awang from Tawakal Hospital worth RM12,000.00. Other clients include companies like Sime Darby, Rennaisance Hotel Bintulu Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur. Toh Puan Mahani, Tun Daim Zainuddin, Tengku Mizan and Dato' Abdullah are among the collectors of my paintings.

In the year 2000, I traveled to the USA and spent about two weeks in New York. I visited many galleries, including The Museum of Modern Art, where I leart to appreciate the works of artists such as Van Gogh.Whilst seeking for the concept to classify my paintings, I encountered myself that it was the right time for me to relinquish abstract and consider realism painting. My ambition is to produce 'Photorealism' paintings and I took the advice of Picasso: "Don't be anyone else, be yourself if you want to paint". When I was in New York, I was invited to exhibit my artworks at the 'Collector's Party' at Excel Gallery in Columbus Avenue, whereby two of my large paintings were sold.

The following year I was able to visit Australia, which allowed me to meet local artists, exposing me to fresh ideas, new inspiration and opportunity for my paintings to be put on show in the local galleries.

In year 2002, I saw an offer of a 'working holiday' as Graphic Designer in the UK; I did not want to waste this opportunity to widen my experience. So, I spent about a year in the UK to explore the art and culture of the Europeans.

The population of the art community in the UK is very big whereby there are thousands of art galleries throughout the country. Staying in the region of East Sussex, I was astonished to discover that, even in the small villages, artists held exhibitions in their house. Paintings were displayed in the living rooms and even in the kitchen. The best part is the fact that such events were included in the tourist information brochures. Thus, it exposed the public to many artists. I feel that this is an excellent idea for our artists in Kuala Lumpur or other places to imitate the idea.

I was able to return back to the UK in early 2003 for about six months. This time I was able to spend time in Plymouth, which is in the south west of the country. The southern part has a strong association with all the artists, with many famous, established 'school of artists', such as Newly School and the St Ives School. I was fortunate to be introduced by a good friend of mine to the proprietors of the Barbican Gallery in Plymouth, who were delighted to take and display my paintings, that many of them were sold while I was in Plymouth. When I was in the UK I had the opportunity to visit France and Italy and met many local artists. I think there is a need to demonstrate different varieties of concept so that one can unite together in a perfect equilibrium.

It is true that all artists will each have their own culture background and beliefs , but each of them is unique. Art is drawn from these sources, but when it had been expressed sincerely from the heart, soul and mind, it will become a universal manifestation. The language of art is universal to all mankind. It brings together different ethnic groups, culture and nation. Thus, creating artwork in different forms and mediums had made the world of art become more fascinating. But this positive diversification sometimes being eroded by culture that tends to see itself superior than the other. What is more important is not the execution of the artwork but the thoughts
behind it.

I returned to Malaysia in July of 2003 to pursue my full time career as an artist.

Before 2006, my artworks are solely based on still life and nature that were only based on its visual beauty. Collectors bought it because it is pretty and nice to be hung on the wall. The flowers look so real that you want to reach out and touch them; the fruits are good you feel like eating them. Later, I found that I could do the same to still life paintings like glass and plastic bottles. No matter what the subject matters are, the object should stood out like a sore thumb amids the fruits and flowing batik fabrics. I was more interested in detailing every day's household objects that were lying all around the kitchen.

Consequently, my first solo exhibition in 2006,I realize that I should imposed some message through my paintings. So,I am venturing forward into the real world, beyond the calmness of everyday life, there is a parallel universe...dark, sinister and impertinent.
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