Syahbandi Samat

Location:Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAwards:Sembilan Art Residencies, Malaysia - 2015, NAFAS Residency, Galeri Chandan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia - 2012, Winner MEA Awards, Soka Gakkai Malaysia - 2011

Syahbandi is a self-taught artist and was born in 1992, from Sibu, Sarawak. He became one of the awards winning for the Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2011. He is a very unusual and a talented artist. Prefer to draw only using ball pen has brought him to a different level in the art industry.

Syah used to draw portraits of people especially portraits of his family and friends. After many months of drawing just only portraits, he pushes himself further and began to explore by adding emotions and storyline behind his portrait paintings. He found this satisfaction in him and become very confident in what he is doing.

Later on, he challenge himself again by creating a series of works based on the metaphor of fairy tale like character such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Pinocchio and many contemporary themes that he could think of. Because of this, his artwork gains a lot of popularity among the art enthusiasts. 

According to Syah, in order to finish a work of 136cm x 87cm by using colour ball point pens, it will take about three weeks to complete. This is because he put in a lot of effort and detailing in his painting and it’s not easy to do the shadow and lighting in his artwork.  According to him, his works are expected to be able to change the perception of our society by showing us even though by using ball point pen can produce such a beautiful work for the public viewing.

2016 - Moral Compass at Hoola Lounge, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
2015   X-Individuals 02, Art Accent, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur
           Extreme Potrait, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur
           Melukis Puisi : Sebuah Pencitraan Puisi-Puisi Pyanhabib, Whitebox, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2014   Siti : An Iconic Atelier Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
           READrawing, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
           Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore 

2013   Locals Only, TAKSU Kuala Lumpur
           NAFAS Residencies Cycle 2, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur & Langgeng Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
           X-Individuals 01, Art Accent, Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur
           M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia, Whitebox, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2012   Locals Only, TAKSU Kuala Lumpur
           Transit A4, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
           Malaysian Emerging Artist Award Winner Showcase, White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2011   Life and Nature, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
           Malaysia Emerging Artist (MEA) Award, Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

2010   Open Show, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur 
          ARTRIANGLE III, National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur