Ajim Juxta

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Born 1983 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

IMG_8975 Profile Photo (small)Better known in the art scene as Ajim Juxta, Raja Azeem Izham is a young multi-talented visual artist who’s found his true calling in art, despite formally receiving his academic training in architecture. His repertoire of works spans several mediums, including pen and ink, found-object sculptures, and paintings on canvas.

As an artist Ajim Juxta is not afraid to experiment with new media types, or explore new ways of using mediums he’s already adept at. The training he had in architecture, however, has not gone to waste. This young artist’s artworks are akin to organic blueprints created to make sense of a world seen as having gone wrong in many ways.

Ajim draws upon ideas of dystopian realities that many have ended up being in whilst in pursuit of personal utopias. In the process of these pursuits, the important aspects of life that should rightly be the focus remain left by the wayside. The artist sees the lives of these individuals as being neither here nor there, constantly in a state of discontent, yet lost as to what fulfillment truly entails.

If anything, Ajim Juxta is a thinking artist, the existentialist oeuvres that form his thematic approaches taking form as mangled organic matter in his artwork. Constantly analyzing, he is well known to be an artist who writes incessantly, filling notebook after notebook with sketches of possible ideas for future work, complete with lengthy side notes, not unlike those you’d find in design sketches made by idealistic architects aiming to create their own magnum opus, their Sagrada Familia.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Awards

2017

Young Guns 2016, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016

Best Album Cover, 22nd Anugerah Industri Musik (AIM) (for Sekumpulan Orang Gila’s “Bahtera”)
Top 3 Winners, Young Artist Award at Young Art Taipei 2016

2013

Finalist, Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2013

2011

Finalist, Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2011

2006

Honorary Mention, Architectural Workshop Drawing Competition

Solo Exhibitions

2016

UNKNOWN +, Minut Init Gallery, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

2014

MATIKATAK-Ajim Juxta, Galeri Titikmerah, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions

2017

Limbo, 2 Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collective: Individuals, Hin Bus Depot, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
We Are 5, Artemis Art @ White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reconstruction (2-man show with Helí Garcia), Haohaus, Taipei, Taiwan
Simula, B Artistic Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Young Guns 2016, Award Show at three locations: [email protected] (Kuala Lumpur), [email protected] (Johor), and ChinaHouse (Penang), Malaysia
Locals Only, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2016

GAUL, Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, George Town, Penang
UN_, Port Commune, Petaling Jaya
AArt Citizen Art Fair, Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai, China (with Artemis Art)
Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place (with Artemis Art)
2057, Minut Init Gallery, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
In Our Own Way II, Creative Space Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Sayang Seni 1.0, Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur
Young Art Taipei 2016, Sheraton Grande, Taipei, Taiwan (presented by Artemis Art)
AMPLIFY: Faber-Castell Malaysia Art Exhibition, Mid Valley Megamall & Artemis Art (Publika), Kuala Lumpur
Locals Only, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2015

Records (a Kustom Group Exhibition), 321 Go Create, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
One X One, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Urban Art III, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
The End, 321 Go Create, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
PUITIS: Puisi Terlukis, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
HIKMAH, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Known X Unknown (Sembilan Art Residency Exhibition), Aku Cafe & Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
SUB_URBAN, Fergana Art Space, Whiteaways Arcade, George Town, Penang
Art Showcase #2, Artisan Roast Cafe, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur
CAFFA 2015 Art Project (installation at the Coffee And Art Fringe Festival Asia 2015), White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur
The Secret Crack 2.0 (part of the CAFFA 2015 Art Project), White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur
Mapping the City, The Other Festival, Ipoh
Julie’s The Best of You 2015 Grand Exhibition, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
Sembilan’s Artist Gathering, AweGallery, Petaling Jaya
Attitude in Lines, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
The Trees (installation works for Christmas 2015), The Boulevard, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Art for Grabs – Titian Budaya, The Boulevard, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2014

Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2013 Exhibition, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Segaris Open 2014, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Rantai Art Fest 2014, Red Bungalow, Kuala Lumpur
MAPKL Art Showcase, MAS Golden Lounge, Kuala Lumpur International Airport
InSeniTea Art Exhibition (for Cameronian Boh Art Awards 2014), Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur
NEUE Artisans 3.0, Annex Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
InSeniTea Campaign (for Cameronian Boh Art Awards 2014), Kuala Lumpur Stellar Anniversary (Dark-Light, installation art) Red Bungalow, Kuala Lumpur
Everything Meets Here, Anak Bunga Emas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Art Showcase: Adeputra, Latif Maulan and Ajim Juxta, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala LumpurSoft Launch Exhibition Prototype Gallery and Mural Art, Wisma Central, Kuala Lumpur
Sketchbook Exhibition (part of KL Sketch Fest) Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Yayasan Sime Darby Art Festival Auction, KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Kuala Lumpur
Art Showcase #1, Artisan Roast Cafe, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur
Kakiseni International Art Festival Fundraiser Auction, Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur
CAFFA 2014 Art Project, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur
Untamed Bloom, Galeri NSTP, Kuala Lumpur
Song Sang (part of Ikhtiar Architecture Festival), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying (FSPU), UiTM Shah Alam
Kustom, 321 Go Create, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
The Trees (installation works for Christmas 2014), The Boulevard, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Temu Urat, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2013

Young Art, R A Fine Arts, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Canvas of Nature, Seni Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Urban Art 2, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
PLATFORM, Galeri Chandan, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Stellar Studio 2nd Anniversary Exhibition, Red Bungalow, Kuala Lumpur
Neue Artisans 2.0 Design Showcase, Spaceman Studio, Pelangi Sentral, Petaling Jaya
KERTAS, Galeri Rumahterang, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Canvas of Nature (part of Asian Dive Expo 2013), Singapore
Kakiseni Art Festival, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur
ONE Exhibition For All Catalogue Project, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Outro Gallery and Area 51 (two-man show with Latif Maulan), Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Pakus Halus, Quayside Hotel, Melaka
50 Shades Of Malaysia (book project & exhibition by Artemis Art), The Boulevard, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
M50 Art Exhibition (installation art), Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Open Exhibition, Galeri Shah Alam, Shah Alam
CAFFA 2013, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Platform, Chinahouse, George Town, Penang
Doodict Collision (part of Tempatan Fest), Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

2012

Urban Art, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Neue Artisans Design Showcase, Wayangworks Studio, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
At First Glance, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur
Satu X Satu, Galeri Rumah Terang, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Ahmad Scissorhands, Core Design Gallery, Subang Jaya
Creolo, Minut Init Studio Gallery, Petaling Jaya
Lukisan Bertulis, Galeri Kata, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Syam Asmawi Tribute Show, Core Design Gallery, Subang Jaya
Graffiti, POP and Contemporary Marine Art Exhibition (part of the Diving Expo 2012), Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Young Talents, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
A Loot From The Shipwreck, Galeri Kata, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Superhero, Ledge Art Gallery, One Utama, Petaling Jaya
Asian Shark Conservation Exhibition, Fahrenheit 88, Kuala Lumpur
MAPKL Art Showcase, MAS Golden Lounge, Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Live Painting at 33 RPM Slot, The Next Stage, Urbanscapes 2012, Petaling Jaya

2011

Exhibitooon, Minut Init Studio Gallery, Petaling Jaya
Open Show, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Leo Club Charity Bazaar Art Exhibition, Café Balai Senilukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Open Exhibition, Galeri Shah Alam, Shah Alam
Malaysian Emerging Artist Award 2011 Finalists Exhibition, Soka Gakkai, Kuala Lumpur

2010

Secret Tent (part of KL Design Week 2010), Capsquare, Kuala Lumpur
Karnival Belia Negara 2010, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Putrajaya
Youth ‘10, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Rantai Art ‘HIMPUN’, Peti Seni, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur

2009

Rantai Art Exhibition, Red Bungalow, Kuala Lumpur

Residencies

2016 – 2017

Art Residency Program in Taiwan, Yeh Rong Jia Culture & Art Foundation, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2015

Artist-in-Residence, sembilan Art Residency Program (Season 2, Jan – Apr), sembilan Studio, Seremban, Malaysia

In The Media

2017

2016

Fusing nature with art” – The Sun Daily, September 1 2016
Ajim Juxta’s Successful International Debut” – Malaysia Art Gallery Guide issue #22, p. 79
Art & the city: 5 exhibitions in KL to check out this June” – Lifestyle Asia (online), May 31 2016
Winning Art in Taipei 2016” – BFM: The Business Radio Station, broadcast on May 20 2016
Malaysian artist Ajim Juxta bags award in Taiwan” – The Star, May 17 2016
A LURKING DARKNESS: Ajim Juxta’s Dystopian Mania” – Juice Online, January 18 2016

2015

The once-popular Wisma Central has a new lease on life – The Star, November 24 2015
Time Out KL (June 2015 issue) p. 72, coverage of Known x Unknown, Aku Café, Kuala Lumpur (reference link: juxtaArt-sequel.blogspot.com)

2014

Matikatak-Ajim Juxta: 2nd solo exhibition, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Youthful display of artworks – New Straits Times, October 24 2014
New Murals for the Ageing Wisma Central – The Edge/edGY, September 11 2014
Art installation piece reflects the human condition – The Star, May 23 2014
Augustman – April 2014 issue (Mural artist feature)

2013

Self Made (episode 9), an 8TV feature – October 17 2013 (links: Part 1, Part 2)
Shaping the future – The Star, March 10 2013

2012

With Dreams (Honda Malaysia magazine) June 2012 issue (p. 12 & 13)
Art can be good business – The Malay Mail, June 22 2012
New Sunday Times (Entertainment/Life section) – April 1 2012
Cutout Magazine – March 2012

2011

Juice Magazine (Art Issue) – September 2011

Public Art Projects / Other Activities of Note (selected)

2016

Live Mural Painting for Redbull Malaysia, Urbanscapes 2016, Urbanscapes House, Kuala Lumpur

2015

Jury for Tote Bag Design Competition, The Other Festival, Ipoh
Mamak Series Copy Paste at Prototype Gallery, Wisma Central, Kuala Lumpur

2014

Panel for The End, a talk on Colaboration 321 studio
Sembang Seni (art talk) with Kolej MARA Seremban students, Sun Lun Yik Hotel, Seremban
Jury for Laman Seni 7 Competition, Shah Alam
Sketch Mob workshop (part of KL Sketch Fest), Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Panel for Seen, Unseen and the Seductive art talk (part of KL Sketch Fest) KL Sketch Fest 2014
Wisma Central ceiling murals (collaboration with Citylab Studio and Noemy Zainal), Wisma Central, Kuala Lumpur
Album cover design for Bahtera (by Sekumpulan Orang Gila), Kuala Lumpur
Book cover design for Confluence (photo-book by Ian Teh), Kuala Lumpur
Plaque design for MITI Award (collaboration with Motio Fixo), Kuala Lumpur

2013

Prudential BSN Takaful TV Commercial character design, Kuala Lumpur
Album cover design for Civilization (by Sekumpulan Orang Gila), Kuala Lumpur

2012

Christmas Floor Mural, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Artworks for Graffiti KL Book Launch, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
HONDA Eco Car Mural (collaboration with Donald Abraham and Orkibal), KLCC Walktunnel, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur (ref: p. 12 & 13, With Dreams Vol. 23)
Mascot Design for TuneTalk, Kuala Lumpur

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