Zulkifli Lee (b. 1978, Raub, Pahang, Malaysia) completed his MA in Fine Art & Technology at Universiti Teknologi MARA in 2013 and received the Excellent Masters Award. Prior to that, he graduated from the same university with a BA in ne art, majoring in sculpture.
A versatile multi-disciplinary artist, Zul’s practice includes paintings, sculptures, prints, and installations. He also works in graphic design, concept art, and illustration.
He is invested in creating works that juxtapose the beauty of the relationship and paradox between humans and nature. He explores the dynamic between personalized and impersonalized forms with the language of materials. His works are often made from natural, organic mediums, such as soil and corrosion patina. Bridging Islamic aesthetic philosophies with contemporary principles and execution, Lee references traditional Islamic and Malay folk art to create minimal yet sophisticated compositions. His motifs usually involve systematic and rhythmic geometric patterns, but rather than striving for total control, he embraces the element of chance in the medium itself. Playing into the phenomenological aspect of the materials’ naturally occurring properties, Lee shares part of the image-making process with nature itself.
Since 1999, Lee has exhibited extensively in galleries and institutions in Malaysia. As Rimbun Dahan’s Yearlong Resident Artist for 2017, he presented works inspired from the natural and built environments surrounding the private arts facility in his rst solo exhibition Material, Order & Chance (2017). His recent selected group exhibitions include Bintang 5 (2018), Segaris Art Centre, Kuala Lumpur; Locals Only (2018), Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; The Unreal Deal (2017), Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; and Young Contemporary ’16 (2017), National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Lee currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lime Stone and Soil on Canvas
102 x 138cm