Born 1992 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Drawing from personal experience and observation, plus fairy tales and folklore, the stupefying technical skills of this young artist never ceases to amaze. Exclusively using the ubiquitous ballpoint pen, Syahbandi Samat has been gaining wide attention from the Malaysian art scene in recent years, particularly since winning the 2011 cycle of the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA).
His keen interest in art began while still in secondary school, experimenting with various mediums before settling on using the ballpoint pen, catalyzed by his discovery of artworks by Spanish artist and poet Juan Fransisco Casas.
Syahbandi takes the ballpoint pen well beyond the implement’s typical role as a writing instrument, fueled by his determination and hard work, continuously improving his skills as a visual artist, and is definitely a talent to watch in the coming years.