B. Selangor, 1974
Buat Wau, 2015
Signed and dated “Rafin 215” on lower left
Watercolour on paper
36 x 48.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Nik Rafin has always had a love of the arts since he was a young boy. Urged by his architect father to pursue art even further, he started off by tracing anything that he could find from magazines, which made drawing an easier task to learn and do. Upon finishing high school, Nik Rafin studied Advanced Photography in the USA, before pursuing a Minor in Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He then graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Mass Communication from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
He once worked as an illustrator for Milwaukee newspaper The Marquette Tribune before being offered a job that other people would kill for, a seven year contract by Walt Disney as a graphic designer and illustrator. He turned it down due to his dad’s insistence that he was to go back to his home country and contribute something to Malaysia. He did manage to illustrate a Winnie the Pooh promotional board, which is something that he is proud of having done.
His paintings are a reflection of the scenes and subjects that he captures through his camera lens, reinterpreted and reproduced in painting form with added emotions.