Acrylic on canvas / 200 x 350 cm / 2015
Bayu Utomo Radjikin (b. 1969, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia) graduated from University Teknologi MARA, Selangor (1991) majoring in sculpture. Over the past twenty-two years, he has held nine solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions. He has won several awards such as the Young Contemporaries, One World No War, Salon Malaysia and the Philip Morris Art awards. A mover and shaker, he is one of the founders of MATAHATI, an art collective formed in 1989. The collaboration started HOM (House of MATAHATI) that flourished into an active art space that host exhibitions, initiating awards, residencies and art programmes, cultivating a network regionally and abroad. The F Klub was conceptualised after his sojourn in England. As an artist, his list of achievements in sculpture and painting bares experimentations with different media and manifests his involvement in theatre production. Earlier artworks with expressionistic tendencies later evolved into enigmatic self-portraits delved into the myth of male/hero archetype. In his large charcoal drawings, the physical power that the body exudes also reveal an inner spiritual strength/energy underneath the surface.