NIZAR KAMAL ARIFFIN
Mask Series, 1999
Signed and dated “NIZAR 99” on lower middle
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD RM 4,500
Inspired by the masks of Kenyah and Kayan from his trip to Sarawak, the cultural motifs play Nizar Kamal Ariffin’s works bear a greater and deeper meaning to them. He’s one of those artists who’s constantly soul searching for truth and the discovery of the meaning of life. Viewing life as full of beauty, suffering and secrets, he also sees the inner beauty of time, space and mass. Being deeply connected in finding his sense of self is what drove him to art as a way to channel the passionate energy. It is said that his Mask Series was a prelude to his acquired self.
Nizar Kamal Ariffin was born on the 9th of September, 1964 in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. He was a member of SENIKA, Kuantan’s state of art society. While working with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, he was appointed the Taman Seni Budaya Pahang’s Resident Artist. After having graduated from University Sains of Malaysia and trained in Fine Arts and Graphics, he became a full-time artist and joined the Conlay Artist Colony in 1998 at Craft Complex Malaysia.