b. Indonesia, 1955
THE BELLY DANCER, 1998
Signed and dated 'Neif 98' (lower centre)
Oil on canvas
68cm x 59cm
Private Collection, Indonesia.
ESTIMATE RM 13,000 - 16,000
PRICE REALISED RM 26,400
|Arifien Neif was born as the eldest son of eleven siblings. Since early age, he has been attracted to art and was aiming to become an artist someday. His talent in art was inherited from his grandmother who loved creating handicrafts. After finishing high school in Surabaya, Arifien could not afford to continue his study in art university. But as a self-taught artist, he regularly took part and won many art competitions.
Arifien moved to Jakarta in the 1970s. After more than six years of hardship from one odd job to another, he finally joined an advertising company, a perfect venue for his passion in art. It was in 1980 that Arifien had finally decided to become a fulltime artist.
Inspired by the works of artists such as Sudjono, Matisse, Chagall and Bosch, Arifien has participated in numerous exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore, Italy and the USA . His solo exhibitions were held in Jakarta in 1989, 1990, 1997 and in Singapore in 1999. His great effort, discipline, integrity and passion had made him find his very own distinctive style of painting. Arifien’s painting is rich of characters and style. Significantly, his experience in interior design sensitised him to his interior angle toward his art, the way he arranged the properties of space in his paintings, and the way he carved space with objects. In 2008, he was given an opportunity to again have his second solo show in Singapore, titled Fine Romance held at National Museum of Singapore.