Koo Yean Ni

Born 1994 in Malaysia

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Through imagination and observation, Koo Yean Ni’s art delves into the cultural diversity and intricacies of Malaysia’s rich and diverse cultures.

Inspired by the innocence and naivety of children’s creativity, events are depicted using forms and lines, as seen from the artist’s own perspective. Embracing the many cultural and historical aspects of Malaysiana, each of her works are an investigation into our past and present, using motifs taken from major folk arts from the various cultural groupings in Malaysia.

Yean Ni complements her artistic career by teaching art to young children, whose spontaneity and honest expressiveness continue to be an important inspiration for her works.

My works embrace the life, history and cultural aspects of Malaysia. They investigate the country's historical development, and at the same time adopt a unique painting method to record the preserved culture and value of the native soil. The several years of experience I have teaching art to children has allowed me to learn the pure, spontaneous and unconstrained process found in children's art. What I reveal on the canvas combines this experience, process, plus subject matters that interest me.


Diploma in Fine Art, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



1st Prize (Painting Category), Vision Petron Student Art Competition 2015

Finalist, FMYAC (French Malaysia Young Artist Competition)

Top 15 (Painting Category), Nando’s Art Initiative 2015,


First Runner-Up, Maybank Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Creative Wau Designing Competition

Top 15 (Painting Category), Nando’s Art Initiative 2014


Two artworks selected, Tanpa Nama 2, Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

Solo Exhibitions


The Colours of My Life, Findars Art Space, Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions


AArt Citizen Art Fair, Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai, China (with Artemis Art)
EQUILIBRIO, Artemis Art at White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur
n.e.xXx.T: New Emerging Talent, Xin Art Space, Kuala Lumpur
Young and New IV, H.O.M. Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur


aveNew, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
FMYAC (France Malaysia Young Artist Competition), Wei-Ling Contemporary, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur
AIA Saya Generasi Malaysia, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Pop Art Show, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Fine Art Course Exhibition, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur


Future Generation Art Exhibition, Leo Geo Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Tanjong Heritage Art Competition, Kuala Lumpur
Maybank Creative Wau Competition, MidValley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
Nando’s Art Initiative Exhibition, Publika, Kuala Lumpur


Tanpa Nama 2, Bank Negara Museum & Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Fine Art Course Exhibition, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur

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