Faizal, born in Solo in 1965 (Solo, Central Java), Faizal graduated from the Indonesian Arts Institute in Yogyakarta. He travelled and participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, France, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Singapore. Sotheby and auction houses in Indonesia have auctioned the works of Faizal.
Artists such as Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet influenced Faizal. His paintings are colourful and often filled with imaginary and fantasy characters. The artist executes naïve works that possess complex depth and detail. Faizal often depict delightful scenes with the flavour of folk-tales. With his signature style, Faizal has attracted attention of the art world since the 1990s.
The artist is recorded in the “Modern Indonesian Art” catalogue published by Koes Artbooks
He won two awards in Yogyakarta in 1986 for best sketching and best painting. In 1990, he received another best painting in the 6th Anniversary of ISI. One of his works earned him the Medaille du Conseil Generale - Prix D ‘Honneur in France in 1991.
The artist’s freely executed naïve works are full of bright colours which make them very cheerful and attractive. They are like the paintings done by children but they are more orderly and precise. Faizal does this by simplifying the forms of objects like all kinds of animals, trees, buildings and even the inspirations from his lovely daughter. He always likes to show pleasant scenes that are sweet or have the flavour of folk-tales.
Faizal is able to manage his rich fantasy in order to create simpler impressions. His control of colour and composition also results in more complex moods.