Works and lives in Langkawi& Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and St Louis, USA
Suhaimi studied art and architecture at Washington University, St. Louis, USA and earned Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Art in the late 1980s. His works has been extensively published and he has lectured at various academic institutions in the USA and Malaysia.
He has won many art and architecture awards and has exhibited internationally in numerous biennials, solo and group shows, among them, the prestigious 12th, 13thand 14thVenice Biennale (Architecture), Venice, Italy in 2010, 2012 and 2014, Meiji University Museum, Tokyo, Japan in 2011, the Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland alongside Yoko Ono, where he won the Dublin Biennial Award of Excellence in 2012,two-man show with a late renowned photographer AnselAdams’ works at Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois, USA in 2010, Art Basel Miami Week, Miami, Florida, USA, National Museum,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2011, JogjaArt Museum, Jogjakarta, Indonesia in 2012, and a solo show organized by Saatchi Gallery London and M&C Saatchi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013. He also was nominated for the Smithsonian Art Fellowship in 2012 and participated at the Art Saint Louis Residency programs in the USA in 2008 and 2009.
His art practice has displayed a consistent sculptural quality, and his hybrid term “Archipainting” has been used in reference to his artworks, a concept that he developed in which, blends fine art with structural intricacies and special deconstruction of architecture.
History, collective memory, personal experience and environment are elements woven together by him into a non-linear story where distinctions between present, past, fiction, imagination, and reality are nullified. His mixed media works, as well as installation and sculpture have included canvases daubed with found objects and covered in unusual textures and materials, or is inspired by, found objects, which he collects extensively both locally and on his travels around the world.
These overlapping points of reference run throughout all his works and his paintings resist easy interpretation, but rather suggest alternative possibilities of seeing. The interaction with the landscape around him is also reflected in his work, which comments astutely on the nature of contemporary society in all its materialism, industrialism, and kitschery.