Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj
b. 1987, Malaysia
Najib completed his Diploma in Fine Art from UiTM Lendu Alor Gajah, Melaka in 2008, followed by B.A (Hons) in Fine Arts (Fine Art) from UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor in Malaysia, 2010. To date, Najib has participated in numerous group exhibitions, among which are: Extreme Portrait (2016), Locals Only (2016), S.U.A.R.A.S.A.3 (2014), 8th Art Expo Malaysia 2014, Merdeka Show (2014), 99 (2014), Young Guns (2013), Earth (2012), ExEndangered, a two-man show with Hirzaq Harris at TAKSU KL (2011), Visual Art Award (2011) and many others. Najib was the finalist of MRCB Art Awards at National Art Gallery KL (2008), 1 st Prize Winner in Tanjong Heritage Art Competition in Kuala Lumpur (2010). and Finalist of VAA in Kuala Lumpur (2011). Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In his series of artworks, Najib expresses his concerns about endangered animals and animal rights. He adapts stencilling and marking techniques to visualise his feelings onto canvas. The body language of the animals in his artworks evokes the sadness of the animals’ plight to the viewer. These artworks explore the idea of survival as animals migrate from their natural habitats to the urban jungle.