Friday, 13th Dec 2013, 8pm
Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika
Duration: From 13 Dec 2013 until 10 Jan 2014
Previously presented in the Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC and The Imaginarium in Georgetown, Penang, PSYCHE is now showing in Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, featuring thirteen works of Rofi, a Singaporean-born Malay artist.
Rofi enjoys painting faces and figures. But more than mere portraits, the faces in his paintings are metaphors for personifying issues relating to identity, society, spirituality and sociopolitical affairs.
The concept of face embodies dignity, honour and reputation. By extension, the face idiomatically conveys a map of one’s life. If the eyes are the window to one’s soul, then the expression, the smile, the slight twitch of the nose, the hair casting a shadow – the symmetry or lack thereof – does more to reveal the lives and stories within, going beyond face value.
In this show, Rofi embarks on a psychological study of the face. He paints faces of people caught in a myriad of circumstances, metaphorically conveying a man struggling in stormy seas, a society oppressed, a woman empowered and the courage of a community.
About the Artist
Rofi is an independent graphic designer and self-taught painter. His style is graphical yet sensitive, with an interplay of colour and texture, combining his graphic design skills with artistic spontaneity. His work has been featured in the inaugural Singapore Art Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, and has been exhibited and sold in the America, Netherlands, Belgium, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Collectors of his work include The Burger Collection.