I speak

English, Malay

Hey, I'm Shaq

● Joined in 17th of July 2018

"In a rapidly modernising Malaysian state, I’m always trying to capture the tension and pressure faced by my people, whose lives interact with and respect the natural environment. My work emphasizes the inequalities that exist between modern consumerism and traditional sustainable ways of life. My paintings is a reflection of my people and the rain forest in which I grew up, and to show the importance of nature to the Orang Asal. The presentation of artwork also captures a contemporary view of the struggle faced by Malaysia’s indigenous people and the aim is to contribute to a deeper understanding of multiracial Malaysia."

Shaq is a contemporary artist of the indigenous Temuan tribe of Selangor. The Temuan have a population of 29,000 in peninsula of Malaysia. In his early years, land developers have encroached the jungle around his village and now it is being reflected in his works. That trauma in his childhood has fueled his passion and led him to fight for his people's land rights. He loves to explore many medium of art, from contemporary painting to installation art.


Traveler reviews
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August 2018

Educational and rewarding