Lot 008

Rafiee Ghani
b. Kedah, 1962

Fruit And Cake, 1996

signed (lower left)
mixed media on canvas
97 x 74cm

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 8,000 – 14,000
Most of Rafiee Ghani’s paintings in the 1990s depict the interior domestic scenes of still-life objects, plants and flowers in vibrant colours. The artist once quoted, that to him these are mere symbols of everyday objects that surround us, bringing with them a deep sense of comfort that are frequently forgotten or taken for granted in our everyday life.

Rafiee Ghani is one of the most well-travelled and cosmopolitan artists, on land, traversing central and western Asia, besides Europe and the United States, all adding to his visual colour bank which he synthesizes in his works. He got a degree overseas first, at the De Vrije Academic, Voor Bildeende Kunst, The Hague (1980) before returning to retake his Diploma, Mara Institute of Technology, 1985, (majoring in Printmaking trained under Ponirin Amin). He followed up with a MA (Fine Prints) at the Manchester Polytechnic, England, in 1987. His accolades include the Minor Award in the Salon Malaysia (1991) and twice in the Young Contemporary Artists competition (1984 and 1985). He also won 2nd Prize in the Malaysian Art Open in 1994. His artwork prices skyrocketed at foreign auction houses in recent years.