Lot 82 | Auction XXXIV

LOT 82


B. Johor Bahru, 1955

Still Life, 1999

Signed and dated “Ahmad Zakii Anwar 99” on lower right

Oil on canvas

42.5 x 42.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM12,000 – RM25,000


Born in 1955 in Johor, Ahmad Zakii Anwar is touted to be one of the most well known artists in Malaysia. The youngest among six siblings, Zakii showed his love for art at the age of 6 years of old. He attended the Ngee Heng Primary School from 1962 until 1967. He continued his education in one of the most prestigious schools at the time in Johor Bahru called Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar or commonly known as English College (1968 – 1972). After graduation, Zakii was accepted into the School of Art and Design, MARA Institute of Technology Malaysia.

The artist began his career as a graphic artist, producing some of the leading advertising graphics of his time. From there, he continued to establish his name by moving to fine art where his techniques have been exemplary and world class. Zakii came to attention for his virtuosity and command of a spectrum of media from charcoals to oils, building a reputation for stunning photo-realist still-life paintings and expressive portraits.