Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman (known as Paiman)
Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman is one of Malaysia’s top 10 contemporary artist. Azizan Paiman was born in 1970 in Melaka (Malaysia). He lives and works in Seri Manjung in Perak, Malaysia.
He received a MA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, in 2001 and a BA in Fine Art from University Technology MARA UiTM, Malaysia, in 1995.
He travelled in Asia and Europe (UK, Australia, Japan, Indonesia…) and was invited in various international events:
- Singapore Biennale – 2016
- He presented “Putar Alam Cafe”, where he created a cafe inspired by the design of The Pentagon. He invites audience to have a cup of coffee to discuss and debate various contemporary issues. In Malay, “Putar Alam” refers to charlatan, a person fond of cheating, deceiving, tricking and swindling other people for his or her own selfish benefit.
5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art – Brisbane – 2006
He presented his series “The code”, portraying politicians and others speaking in typed exchanges quoted from newspapers, magazines and other media sources in Bahasa Malaysia and English. The works revealed both the humor of everyday life and the fragility of its participants. These commentaries also referenced mythical beings in Southeast Asian life, showing that Malaysia’s socio-political history could be seen as a repetition of earlier stories.
1st Fukouka Asian Art Triennial – 1999
He presented “Ais Krim Malaysia”, created a Malaysian flavored ice-cream (sweet & spicy), while pushing his ice-cream cart, he gives out his Ais Krim Malaysia to curious passer-by in Fukouka, Japan, sharing with them the taste of Malaysia.
Azizan Paiman has participated in numerous solo and group shows in Malaysia and abroad (Singapore, Japan, New York, Australia). His practice has been the object of a quantity of articles in the media since 1994.
His artwork plays with social mores, politics, gender issues and current events with a focus on Malaysian contemporary life. His artworks are inspired by the rapid, intense changes that Malaysia has gone through as a nation over the years. He calls himself ‘a back-dated reporter’. He transmits his thoughts, feelings, opinions on people and things around him, and put down his layman analysis on canvas.
“However his work is inspired, they have a way of putting thoughts in your mind. At the same time, although the disturbingly ridiculous quotes encrypt the message of the respective pieces pretty well, Paiman’s paintings can also be interpreted any way a viewer wishes to look at them.” – Esquire Malaysia, January 2014
The work of Azizan Paiman is part of important public collections:
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia
OTA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
His works are also part of the major private collection in Malaysia, while some are in South-East Asia, France and USA.
Awards & Grants
2005, “Resident Artist”, Narrative Strains, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
2004, “travel grant, study trip to Indonesia”, sponsored by Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
2002, “Major Award”, The Young Contemporaries, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1999, “Resident Artist, Art Exchange Program”, 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1999, “The Young Lecturer Scheme Scholarship”, sponsored by MARA University of Technology for MA course at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
1998, “Travel grant, study trip to Indonesia”, sponsored by Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1997, “Honorable Mention”, Philip Morris Art Awards, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1997, “Minor Award”, The Young Contemporaries, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1996, “Pearson Lowe Prize”, Royal Over-Seas, London, UK
1995, “Honorable Mention”, Philip Morris Art Awards, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1994, “Minor Award”, The Young Contemporaries, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
1992, “Minor Award”, The Young Contemporaries, Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur
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