Fazrin Abd Rahman
b. 1989, Malaysia
Fazrin Abd Rahman is a contemporary artist who was born in 1989 in Johor, Malaysia. Graduated in 2012, he received his degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor.
Fazrin’s artwork does bear hint to his time majoring in sculpture. Aluminium dominates as the chief material, and the immediate impact felt by his works is its strong geometric qualities and the flat surfaces that deceive the eye; from afar, the works appear to be paintings, but closer inspection reveals the use of materials and markings that hint at the language of sculpture.
Fazrin, who cites the traditional art of rattan weaving, specifically the use of woven rattan sheets in the interiors of traditional Malay kampong (village) houses, chosen aesthetic professes an affinity for the traditional forms found in local designs as a driving influence in his body of work.
He once worked as a craftsman specialising in traditional woven goods and this personal reference has been present throughout all his works. The artist’s works also feature tile-like arrangements that resemble the square blocks of woven surfaces.
In April 2019, Fazrin’s been awarded the prestigious Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEA). MEA Award is a biennial competition that honours the most promising young artists in Malaysia. Its main goal is to recognise the country’s top emerging talents and to give them the opportunity to break into the local and international art scenes.
Fazrin has completed his first solo exhibition, “Maze” at TAKSU (KL) in 2016 and second solo exhibition, “Routine” at TAKSU (KL) in 2019. His artworks can be seen in Four Seasons Hotel (KL) and Banyan Tree (KL). Fazrin currently lives and works in Selangor, Malaysia.