Saiful Razman

b. 1980, Perak, Malaysia
Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Saiful Razman’s works are experiential attempts to explore impermanence by transforming disposable objects and materialising their simplicity. He manipulates ordinary and disposable everyday objects, such as medical gauze and tissue paper, to construct larger surfaces and installations that retain the physical features of their former form. Razman received a BFA from The MARA Technological University, Malaysia (2003), and in 2021 received the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award.

His solo exhibitions include ‘Future Love’, Chan+Hori Contemporary, Singapore (2019); ‘Vertical Speed’, Richard Koh Fine Art, Jakarta (2015); ‘Forms of Void’, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2013); and ‘Ereksi Jeneral’, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2012). He has also participated in numerous group shows, such as the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (2018); Art Jakarta, D’Gallerie (2019); First Kuala Lumpur Biennale, National Art Gallery (2017); The Unreal Deal: Six Decades of Malaysian Abstract Art, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2017); and Beirut Art Fair (2013), among others.

He is the co-founder of Notthatbalai Art Festival, an alternative art event in Kuala Lumpur (2004) and a pro-tem of Puncak Purnama Declaration, a protest against the demolition of a public sculpture by the City Council in Kuala Lumpur (2016).


Country: Malayasia