Sunday, July 4, 2010

(Social) Realism: Malaysia

Bayu Utomo Radjikin

Bayu Utomo Radjikin is a recognized figurative painter in Malaysia. Born in Sabah, he is a graduate of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art. He has had six solo exhibitions in since 1996 and his most recent one was 2010’s ‘6th World Islamic Economic Forum’ at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

As a recognised figurative painter in Malaysia, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, reveals his ongoing passions for medium and subject in his latest solo exhibition, Unnamed at House of Matahati. Through a signature style of epic realism and the Malay male protagonist Bayu continues to showcase his own carefully painted sense of dramatic physical theatre. Practising as an artist for nearly 20 years his career has focused on a diverse range of subject matter from public and personal identity through to social commentary and international political tensions. Nevertheless, such diversity has been consistently mediated through meticulously executed, highly emotive human subjects.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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