Pop Surrealism is the visual conduit used by emerging artist Ruzzeki Harris to communicate his observations and express his angst concerning the world around him. Whether touching on events and issues that are more localized to Malaysia, or broader global phenomena, the raw visceral imagery utilized in his works resonates with viewers universally.
Inspired by surrealist greats such as Salvador Dali and René Margritte, the figurative style employed by this artist is quite distinct, and no holds are barred when conveying a message. Ruzzeki’s works speak directly to the viewer, without the need for feigned niceties, capturing what artist himself describes as the “raw emotion of the street” (as stated in the introduction to his 3rd solo exhibition Point Blank).
Ruzzeki pointedly critiques the many idiosyncrasies he observes using of raw pop culture iconographies and symbolisms, and their strategic surreal utilization within his works. Politics, governance, and social behavior are among the many contemporary subjects that he addresses in his art.
His more recent works are a confluence of artistic skill, a dark sense of humor, and expressions of concern by an individual well aware and who possesses a potent dose of healthy cynicism.
As an artistic voice of his generation, Ruzzeki feels almost duty-bound to express his disquiet through his art, particularly with issues that affect him, either directly or indirectly. While some of the idiosyncrasies portrayed may be uniquely Malaysian in nature, much of the criticism involves behaviors that are universal.
Being an artist has taught me to be patient and tolerant. Communication is very important in my work. An effective knowledge transfer is crucial to ensure my audience captures every bit of information clearly. To ensure this, I practise effective, systematic and strategic approaches. An excellent learning session is a result of balancing giving people what they want, versus what we want them to receive...
Bachelor (Hons.) Fine Arts, Majoring in Painting, MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia
YOUNG GUNS Award, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 50 finalists, Kuala Lumpur
3rd Prize, ‘Salon Meets Art’ competition, by Swarzkopf, Elle Six Gallery Kuala Lumpur Consolation Prize, The Tanjong Heritage 2007 Art Competition, organized by Tanjong PLC Finalist for PACT MACT Art Competition, Gurney Plaza, Penang Consolation Prize, My Wildest Dream Global Transportation, Global Logistic Art Exhibition, KL City Library, Kuala Lumpur
Consolation Prize, The Tanjong Heritage 2006 Art Competition, organized by Tanjong PLC
“Possessed” – Art Taipei 2016, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)
GONE VIRAL, Wei-ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
POINT BLANK, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
DICTUM, RA Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
Gravitate, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Voice of the Voiceless, G13 Gallery, Kelana Jaya, Selangor Vice Versa, Artemis Art @ Galeri Rumah Jati, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Art Kaohsiung 2015, Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 18@8-Heirlooms, Wei-Ling Contemporary, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur Stories of 11 Artworks, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur FLUSH (group exhibition by Sebijipadi), G13 Gallery, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
YOUNG GUNS Award Group Exhibition, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore CHAIRITY – Art & Design Against Cancer, The Edge Gallerie, Kuala Lumpur
ART BASEL, KL-MIAMI, Miami, Florida, USA YOUNG GUNS Award Group Exhibition, White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur Charity Show For Haiyan Disaster, White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur 18@8 KUL-SINGAPORE, Wei-Ling Gallery at ION Art, Singapore
Transit A4 Exhibition, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur Bright And Young, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Precious Little Pieces, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Art Expo Malaysia 2011, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur The X Residence, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Fragment (Exhibition #7, Malihom A.I.R. Programme), Malihom, Penang
Uncut, Shambala Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark MEA Award, Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Dazed in Mazes, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Rhetoric, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur B.A.C.A., RA Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
Young & New : Part 2, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur Open House Raya, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur Young & New : Part 1, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur Quddinandfriends ’08, McCann Worldgroup, Wisma LYL, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Bukak Mata Studio, Dikala Jingga, Shah Alam Loveartpassion, 360studio Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Mana Batik?, Annexe Gallery, Cenrtal Market, Kuala Lumpur Open Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Shah Alam So Sound (Experimental Music Group Performance), Pati Satu Studio, Puncak Alam, Selangor PACT MACT Art Competition, Gurney Plaza, George Town, Penang The Tanjong Heritage 2007 Art Competition, organized by Tanjong PLC, Kuala Lumpur Global Logistic Art Exhibition, KL City Library, Kuala Lumpur
Open Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Shah Alam The Tanjong Heritage 2006, Art Competition organized by Tanjong PLC, Seri Melayu Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
USM Penang Public Sculpture Exhibition, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang
NAFA’s Artist in Residence Program, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Malihom Artist in Residence Program, Penang, Malaysia
Matahati Art Residency, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Other Activities of Note
Mural Painter, Albukhary International Univeristy, Kuala Lumpur Graffiti Clinic Instructor Rakan Muda Klang and Puchong, Selangor
2011 to 2012
Lecturer of Fine Art, MARA University of Technology, Seri Iskandar Campus, Perak