2018 UOB Painting of the Year


Established Artist Category


Artist: Ruzzeki Bin Harris
Title: Unveil
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size (cm): 152 x 152

The hijab is a traditional garment worn by Muslim women to conceal their hair and neck. Once a symbol of modesty and tradition, the hijab has now evolved to adapt to the sensibilities of modern fashion and culture.

In Unveil, the artist conveys his sentiments on how the use of hijab has evolved, suggesting that its original purpose, which is to protect modesty and custom, has been eroded. Here, balloons are used to represent the contours of a woman in figure hugging garments, which the artist believes are at odds with Islam and the symbol of the hijab.

Artist’s Bio

Ruzzeki Bin Harris

Ruzzeki Bin Harris

Mr Ruzzeki graduated from the MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Perak, Malaysia in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. He has held solo exhibitions and his works have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and Southeast Asia. He was a finalist in the Malaysia Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and was awarded the Young Guns Award by HOM Art Trans in 2013.