'being human' # 1 : Ahmad Zakii Anwar

I am not I am
Acrylic on jute / 147 x 294m / 2014


Ahmad Zakii Anwar (b. 1955, Johor, Malaysia) studied at the School of Art and Design, MARA Institute of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor (1973-1977). He is an eminent figurative realism painter and one of the few artists honoured with a mid-career survey exhibition entitled ‘Disclosure’ (2008) at Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. From a one-man show at Valentine Willie Fine Art (1997) until the sixteenth solo recently, spans a career that is consistent and prolific in its output –still life, portraiture, figure in landscape– Ahmad Zakii impresses with the materiality and surface treatment of his paintings. His large charcoal on paper renderings reveals a highly skilled draughtsmanship, fanning a surge of interest in the medium. ‘Pleasure & Pain’ at Gallerie Huit, Hong Kong (2014) revisited amorous fruits and vegetables in ‘Stills’ at Taksu Kuala Lumpur (2000). At the heart of his practice are notion of spiritual or philosophical contemplations embodying universal principles and primal forces.