Ahmad Zakii Anwar
Exhibition & Residency:
September 16 – 25, 2015
Ahmad Zakii Anwar (b. 1955), also known as Zakii, is a prominent Malaysian artist with a strong command of several artistic mediums and modes of figurative representation. A graduate of the School of Art and Design, MARA Institute of Technology Malaysia, Anwar began his career in advertising as a graphic artist.
Anwar is renowned for his photo-realistic, large-scale charcoal drawings of male nudes, solidly constructed and oriented toward a palpable solipsism that lies just below the articulated musculature of his figures. Evoking, in two-dimensions, a visceral reality reminiscent of Michelangelo’s slave sculptures, Anwar’s drawings coalesce his theological, psychological, and cosmological inquiries of the human spirit and body.
Anwar also maintains a fervent activist practice supporting AIDS patients, women’s rights, and his local community. His work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. Zakii currently lives and works in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.