Nadiah Bamadhaj – S.E.A. Focus

Nadiah Bamadhaj

Malaysia / A+ Works of Art

Nadiah Bamadhaj (born 1968, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) resides permanently in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Trained as a sculptor in New Zealand at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts, she creates collaged drawings of a specific technique developed over many years. Her repertoire also includes sculpture, site-specific installation, digital video and print. She has lectured in Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur, written several articles and publications on human rights in Malaysia and Indonesia, received two grants from the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship in 2002 and 2004, and is currently on the board of Yayasan Kebaya, a HIV/AIDS homeless shelter in Yogyakarta. In 2019, a survey book of 18-years of her artwork ‘Nadiah Bamadhaj’ was published by Italian-based SKIRA, and she was recently featured in ‘Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing’ published by London-based PHAIDON. Her artwork currently focuses on the social intricacies of life within Indonesian society, using figure, flora and fauna, batik motif, mythology, and architecture to articulate her observations. Bamadhaj recently participated in Jakarta Biennale 2021.