b. 1988, Malaysia
Khairi was born in Penang, Malaysia. He graduated with a MFA in Fine Art (Painting) & Technology in 2015 and BFA in Hons (Painting) in 2011 from UiTM Shah Alam Selangor. As a child, he found immense pleasure in painting and drawing. This recreational activity soon blossomed into a passionate hobby, as his interest in artistic interpretations and depictions grew. Being an admirer of mother nature, Khairi loves spending time outdoors. His works are inspired by outdoor ventures, usually, a landscape, and inspiration is drawn from his surroundings and everyday life.
Khairi experiments with several different techniques and utilizes various materials to achieve his desired effect. He enjoys working with industrial paints and materials. Combining monochrome colors with pastel colors; abstract, energy, texture and mistiness are in his works. His spirituality impacts (and is) his art and he wishes to translate his connection to this internal energy onto every canvas by telling a story, extending it to space, color, and shape. Every form is a manifestation of his deep-rooted spirituality and emotion.
Khairi is a recipient of many prestigious awards. 2021- Bakat Muda Sezaman, 2015 – French Malaysia Young Artist Award National Art Gallery (KL). His career has led him to be part of Curatorial Projects “Asia & The Guggenheim” led by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2014, and “Art in Context” at the Queensland Art Gallery Australia. His longest mural project can be seen in Putrajaya Malaysia. He has shown regionally and internationally over the years to include Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia.