Haffendi Anuar

b: 1985, Malaysia
Lives and works in London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Haffendi Anuar produces sculptures, paintings and drawings. He did his International Baccalaureate certificate in art at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, his foundation at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, his BA Honors at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and his MFA at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Haffendi’s multidisciplinary practice examines how countries in Southeast Asia “progress” or develop through culture and technological advancements, linking these notions of progress and modernity to the natural process of organic growth in the natural world. Mining history of art, digital technology, nature and local contexts, he creates object-based works that recycle found images, objects, and artistic styles from digital and local sources.

His awards include the 5th Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2019), Tehran, Iran in 2017; joint winner for the Battersea Power Station Powerhouse Commission in 2017; the winning piece, Xhibit 2013, London, UK and was shortlisted for the 2010 Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards (VAA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Public collections include the Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); the Corporate Collection (Singapore), Singapore Art Museum (SAM); Cass Sculpture Foundation (UK); Goodwood, and Facebook (Singapore).

Country: Malaysia