Christine Das

Born 1966 in Penang, Malaysia


chrisdas8 (small color)A Penang born artist who schooled at Convent Green Lane Penang and obtained her formal arts education in graphic design at the Sain Academy of Arts Penang. Her artistic journey traversed book illustrations, displays, mural painting, graphic design and animation. She was even a scenic artist on the set of the Hollywood production “Anna and the King”, filmed in Malaysia in 1999, working alongside Peter Collias. In 2007, she turned to painting full-time.

Christine works mostly with acrylic on canvas. Her paintings have been influenced and inspired by her passions: Nature, Catholicism and Life. Her stylized yet elegant renditions are meticulous and fostered through patient stroke-by-stroke immersion to capture the essence of movement, sound and events of the environment. The images appear complex yet it exudes simplicity. Every unbroken line represents natures ever flowing life. Since her debut, she has participated in numerous local and international group art shows. Her artwork was also part of an installation project by Wei Ling Art Gallery at the 2013 Art Basel Exhibition, the “Olympics of Art”, in Hong Kong. Two of her figurative works are featured in the International Contemporary Artists 2013 Publication. For her work as an artist, Christine received the Woman of Style and Substance award from Marie Claire magazine (Malaysia) in 2013.

Her personal passion and also life mission is the Conservation of Borneo Elephants & their habitat and Christine works with Borneo Conservation Trust Sabah and WWF Malaysia in support of this cause. She uses art as a voice to create awareness and raise funds.

The artist also draws inspiration from Spanish modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi, whose masterpieces include the famous La Sagrada Familia and many other unique architectural wonders in the city of Barcelona. Exposure to his out-of-the-box designs gave her the courage to explore art that is imbued with her own identity. Malaysian Masters whom she admires: The father of Malaysian batik, Late Dato Chuah Thean Theng, Mr Syed Thajudeen and Late Ibrahim Hussein who have all expressed their own distinct signature style in their art that’s so recognizable.

The beauty and mystery of nature has captured my attention, and moved me deeply since a very young age. She brings me great joy and simultaneously moves me to tears. I spent so much of time gazing at nature and pondered upon the purpose of her existence and thus developed a strong spiritual connection with nature. She is my muse…the object of my contemplation and I have learnt that we need nature in order to have a full harmonious existence and that she is wisdom, she is life giving, is awe-inspiring and she is my Cathedral where I meet and experience God.

I feel compelled to express Mother Nature’s beauty to the world through my art as there is a major conflict with us humans and weakens her at an alarming rate. I hope to stir hearts towards a deeper love, respect and appreciation for nature. Many do not realize that we have a symbiotic relationship with Her and Nature must be protected for our sake. Every life form in Nature is priceless and serves a purpose esp. in our very existence. I am a voice for nature. There are times I see myself as the alter ego of Mother Nature, Gaia.


Diploma in Graphic Design, Sain Academy of Art, Penang

Solo Exhibitions


  • Homecoming, Penang PAC, George Town, Penang


  • Que Sera Sera, MaTIC Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


  • Hot for Nature, MaTIC Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions


  • Art Kaohsiung 2015, Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)
  • Blended Echoes, Opera Galleria, Muscat, Oman Muscat, Oman
  • CAFFA 2015 Art ProjectWhite Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur (with Artemis Art)
  • Restu: Guardian Spirit, Foyer of Auditorium DBKL, Kuala Lumpur (part of Divercity2015: Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival)
  • Destination IV: Sprouting, Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchanges Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • FACETS (group exhibition with Cerebral V), Artemis Art, staged at White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur
  • International Women Artists Exhibition, Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
  • Penang Art Society Exhibition, Space@Collins, Melbourne, Australia
  • Affordable Art Fair Singapore (Spring 2015), F1 Pit Building, Singapore
  • WONDER.STILLNESS.Life Answered, Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


  • SHINE, The Refinery @ d6 Sentul East, Kuala Lumpur
  • WWF Art for Nature, 2014 Island Gallery, Penang
  • Braun Buffel Art Project, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
  • Colour Painting People, Art Decor Gallery, Atmosphere, Kuala Lumpur


  • 1001 Malaysian Artists, Art Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang Art Society 60th Anniversary Art Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
  • 50 Shades of Malaysia, Publika, Kuala Lumpur (M50 Project by Artemis Art)
  • Animal Kingdom, Art Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang International Woman Artist Show, Island Gallery, Penang
  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong (with Wei Ling Gallery)
  • ENCORE, Maya Gallery, Singapore
  • My DayInternational Women’s Day, Art Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Official Launch, Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur


  • Gapena Gallery Invitational Group Show, Gapena Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Group Exhibition, Motour Art Gallery, Ministry of Tourism, Putrajaya
  • Malaysian Contemporary Art Tourism 2012 (MCAT2012), Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur


  • Malaysian Contemporary Art Tourism 2011 (MCAT2011), A2 Gallery & Alyssa Gallery, George Town, Penang
  • Malaysian Contemporary Art Tourism 2011 (MCAT2011), Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Major Commissions

14 SCRU+IPTURAL Stations of the Cross  Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang, MALAYSIA

14 TRADITIONAL Stations of the Cross  Church of St Thomas More, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Public Collections

  • Ministry Of Tourism Malaysia
  • Ministry Of Tourism Sabah, Malaysia
  • Malaysia Palm Oil Council, Malaysia
  • Penang State Government, Malaysia
  • Asahiyama Zoo, Japan
  • Church Of St Thomas More, Selangor, Malaysia

In The Media




  • Christine Das: Que Sera Sera 2013, Art Malaysia Contemporary Art Magazine (December 2013 Issue)
  • Capital FM 89.9 Radio Interview and Art Challenge
  • Coverage of 2nd Solo Exhibition: Que Sera Sera
  • The Expat Magazine: Malaysia (December 2013)
  • International Contemporary Artist (Volume VII) 2013 Encore, Maya Gallery Group Art Show (Berita Harian Singapore, 4 April 2013)
  • Sunway Pyramid: Borneo Pygmy Elephant Project (The Star Publications: 22 Mac 2013, New Straits Times: 2 May 2013)
  • Marie Claire: Woman of Style and Substance 2013 (August 2013 Issue)


  • Coverage for Inaugural Solo Exhibition: Hot for Nature
    • The Star
    • The Malay Mail
    • The New Straits Times
  • Christine Das: An Arboreal Journey of Life’s Seasons, Art Malaysia Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 13 (May-June 2011)

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