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Syahbandi Samat

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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.

As is widely accepted, folklore, proverbs and myth are stories that have been created and retold time and again for the sake of entertainment and education. They were passed down from one generation to the next and whilst many of the tales are related to human behavior, the examples in these stories are often illogically nonsensical – especially in today’s circumstances.

But, what if examples from these tales really come true? What if a cat could really grow horns? Or if the moon could really fall onto someone’s lap? If the noses of liars really grow as long as Pinocchio’s, then this world would surely be filled with people walking around with long noses.

Art Education

Syahbandi is a self-taught artist

Awards

2016

YOUNG GUNS Award, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur

2011

Winner, Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA), Kuala Lumpur

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Dichotomy, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017

Bond, Boundaries & Bondage, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016

Moral Compass, Hoopla Lounge, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Group Exhibitions

2018

Merah Putih Biru Kuning, G13 Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Masks and Stories, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sembilan Art Residency Group Exhibition, Kedai K7, Malacca, Malaysia

2017

(Im)Possibilities, Galeri Chandan, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Primer For A Language, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The White Mask Visual Art Exhibition, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mampu Art Market, ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
We Are 5 Artemis Art 5th Anniversary Exhibition, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collective Individuals, Hin Bus Art Depot, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Mimpi Jadi Landskap, Taksu KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
XS, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collective Individuals KL, Urbancsape House, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mampu Art Market, Hin Bus Art Depot, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Private Affairs 2, Galeri Chandan, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Journey: Inaugural Group Exhibition by Sembilan Art Residency Program, Creative Space 2, Artiseri @ Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016

Sembilan Art Residency Season 4 Exhibition : Exploration x Expression, Port Commune, Petaling Jaya
A Raya Celebration Of Generations In Art, Henry Butcher Curate, Kuala Lumpur
In Our Own Way 2, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Versus Animal, ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang
Lukis, Ruang Sementara, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Eh Wau Bulan Art Showcase, Whitebox, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur

2015

X-Individuals 02, Art Accent, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur
Extreme Potrait, Gallery Chandan. Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Stories of 11 Artworks, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Melukis Puisi : Sebuah Pencitraan Puisi-Puisi Pyan Habib, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur

2014

Siti: An Iconic Exhibition of Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza, Atellier Gallery, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Eye Project, Organized by Parallel Contemporary Art
READrawing, Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, Singapore

2013

Locals Only 2013, Taksu KL, Kuala Lumpur
NAFAS Residencies Cycle 2 Showcase, Langgeng Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia & Gallery Chandan, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
X-Individuals 01, Art Accent, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur
M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur

2012

Locals Only 2012, Taksu KL, Kuala Lumpur
MARS Transit A4 Exhibition, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Emerging Artist Award Winners Showcase, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur

2011

Life and Nature, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Emerging Artist Award 2011 Finalist Showcase, Pusat Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

2010

Artriangle by House of Matahati, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Residency Experience

2015

Sembilan Art Residency Program (Season 4), Seremban, Malaysia

2012

NAFAS Residency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

In The Media

2018

Kreativiti zahir perasaan kasih, Harian Metro, July 5 2018
The Jungian Persona: “Masks & Stories” @ Artemis Art, Publika, Tailored Raw, July 4 2018
Masks And Stories: An Art Exhibition On Our Many Faces, The Daily Seni, June 30 2018

2017

Group show focuses on connections between making and reading art, The Star, September 12 2017
The White Mask: The Visuals Of Cyberpunk Malaysia, The Daily Seni, August 24 2017
The collective spirit, The Star, May 3 2017
The Borak-Borak Sessions: The Kilometrico Master, Masses Magazine, April 28 2017
Young Guns exhibition series features 16 hotshots, The Star, January 14 2017

2016

With ballpoint precision, The Sun Daily, November 1 2016
Myriad of marvels, The New Straits Times, July 17 2016
Working The Art Circuit, The Star, June 19 2016
Exploration & Expression @ PORT Commune, Art KL-itique, May 29 2016
Exploration & Expression, BFM Radio (Front Row, The Bigger Picture), May 20 2016
Moral Compass by Syahbandi Samat, ArtQulture, March 12 2016

2015

Melukis Puisi: Sebuah Pencitraan Puisi-Puisi Pyanhabib @ White BoxThe Art KL-itique, May 31 2015

2013

2011

Luahan mata pen, Utusan Online, December 24 2011
MEA Award recognises emerging artists in Malaysia, The Star, November 24 2011

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