Hometown: Negeri Sembilan
Lives and Works: Penang
Born in Seremban, Pak Latiff, as he is popularly knows to serious art collectors, was a child prodigy and has become an artist virtuoso of epic reputation. One of the early modenists in Malaysia, he studied at the Hochschile for Buldende Kunst (Academy of Fine Arts) in Berlin from 1960-1964 on an German scholarship. Naturally, his earlier influences bear traces of German expressionism. Latiff later embarked on a tour of Southeast Asia, which included countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia. In 1969, he furthered his studies in printmaking at the Atelier La Courrier in Paris on another scholarship. In the same year, he went to Pratt Institute of New York on a John D.Rockefeller III scholarship. A constantly evolving artist, Latiff's many series, which include Pago-Pago, Mindscape, Langkawi and Gelombang, have established his status as one of the most versatile artists on the Malaysian art scene. An accomplished poet and writer, Latiff also produced several anthologies, including Sungai Mekong (1971), Kembara Malam (1974), Serpihan Dari Pendalaman (1979). Pesisir Waktu (1981) and Sajak-Sajak Dinihari (1996). In 1984, he was bestowed the S.E.A Write Award in Bangkok. Recently, Latiff marked a career milestone with his monumental exhibition - Six Decades of Latiff Mohidin: A Retrospective (2012-2013) - organised by the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition showcased 344 artworks that spanned 60 years of his creative output. Other notable exhibitions include solos in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi, New York, Sydney, Sau Paula, Osaka, Montreal, Manila, Jakarta, Dublin and London. These days, however, he hardly travels overseas due to his aversion to flying.