Born in 1974 in the state of Pahang, Malaysia, in the quiet village of Lebu, Latif's early childhood was spent with his family in their bamboo house near a small river. Those early years invoked in him a great love of nature, particularly the Jungle and river where he spent so many happy hours with his family and friends.
It was with the help of two of his sisters that he initially commenced to draw, and not surprisingly his first drawings reflected his love of the landscape that surrounded him.
He started Primary school in 1981 studying at Skolah Menengah Kebangsaan, Lebu and then continued his education at Skolah Menengah Kebangsaan, Bentong. Although initially in the Science stream, his keen interest in art soon prompted him to transfer to the Art stream.
He finished high school in 1991, but due to financial constraints, had to forgo further studies at university level. Then followed a somewhat chaotic period as he took a number of different jobs in order to gain funds for both himself and his family, finally settling in a job as a Display Artist Designer at a small shopping complex in Bentong.
At that time, Latif recalls that he had no thoughts of becoming an artist, in fact he had no clear idea of which direction his career should take. It was his friends that eventually persuaded him to explore the possibility of moving to Kuala Lumpur with the greater opportunities that a large city provides. At first he was reluctant to take what was for him a huge step into the unknown. However, as he remarked, "God is kind" and he was fortunate to be offered the post of Resident Artist at one of the galleries in Kuala Lumpur. This was the stepping stone from which he never looked back. From that point on he started to learn, albeit informally, but with a great deal of enthusiasm, about the real work of artists and art forms.
It was during this period whilst Latif was still employed part time at the gallery, that a number of visitors started to show interest in his work and he found that he was able to sell one of his paintings almost every month. In the meantime Latif was learning a great deal about the world of Art and additionally got to know a number of talented and famous Malaysian artists, including Khalil Ibrahim, Ismail Latif and Yusuf Ghani, who gave him encouragement and sound advice.
Yet another artist who created an impression on him was Zaharuddin, whose advise Latif says he will never forget. Zaharuddin told him "If you want to produce good paintings never use black. If you happen to have black paint just throw it away, and mix the red blue green and whatever other colour you think is suitable to produce dark hues". Latif followed this advice and recalls that from that day onwards his paintings looked very much better and he never used black again.
It was this advice and encouragement which gave Latif the strength and confidence to become a fully fledged artist, and progress to the high standard he has achieved.
Anyone who has watched the relatively rapid maturity of his work since his first efforts can only be in awe of the amazing diversity of his subject matter and the accuracy with which detail is given attention.
However, Latif is not a person lacking in inspiration and therefore it will be most interesting to follow his progress as he develops and explores even more techniques and ideas to add to what is an already an impressive portfolio.
I only went to finish my high school 1992, until then I continued to become full time artist, I learned to draw from my sister from a young age and learned from observation to other successful painters.
Latest Event I participate:
Henry Butcher Malaysian & Southeast Asian Art Auction. March 24, 2019.
1 pm, at Galeri Prima, (NSTP) Balai Berita Bangsar, 31, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL.
2020 HOM Art Trans gallery. HOM Art Open 2020. Group Art Exhibition, Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
2019 Pahang Art Heritage, Group Art Exhibition, Pahang Art Museum, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
2019 MALAYSIAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART AUCTION EXHIBITION, Gallery Prima, (NSTP) Balai Berita Bangsar, 31, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL.
2018 Tales of The Apocalypse, Solo Exhibition, Gallery Titikmerah, Artrow, Publika Jalan Dutamas Kuala Lumpur.
2017 COLLECTIVE INDIVIDUALS group exhibition , Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, Penang, Malaysia
2017 Nature Nutured, Group Exhibition, Sasana Kijang Gallery, Central Bank Of Malaysia
2016 Winner Redbull ehwaubulan Art Showcase Exhibition
2016 Dengan Cara Kita ( In Our Own Ways) Group Exhibition, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2016 A CELEBRATION OF MALAYSIAN SELF TAUGHT, NAIVE STYLE AND OUTSIDER ART TODAY , Gallery Shah Alam , Malaysia
2015 Melukis Puisi Pyan Habib : Group Exhibition , House Of Matahati (HOM)
2014 COLLECTIVE ASIA - Maya Gallery Singapore
2014 FREEDOM UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Myanmar Art Exchange Programe - HOM Art Trans - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 INTRO exhibition; Latif Maulan Open Studio : Art Row Publika: Solaris Dutamas
2013 The Young Contempos: Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Malaysia ;Southeast Asian Art, Kuala Lumpur
2012 CHARCOAL CRAYON + [water]COLORS, JADA ART, ION Art Space, Singapore
2012 A Meter Diameter HOM (House Of Matahati) Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
2011 Pameran Solo: With[out] Voice MapKL, Solaris Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
2011 Manifestasi Merdeka Balai Seni Visual Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
2010 Bad Art MapKL, Solaris Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
2009 Artistic Journey, RA Fine Art Gallery
2009 Zinc Opening, Zinc Art Space, Kuala Lumpur
2009 MEA award, Finalist. KL
2009 Tampannya Budi, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2009 Pameran Amal Palestin, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
2008 SUSUR MASA, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
2007 Pameran Anak Pahang , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2006 PARALLEL UNIVERSE, First Solo Exhibition, Art case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2005 Tsunami Fund Art Donation, Malaysian Red Crescent, ART Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2004 Melting Pot Of Culture, Great Eastern Mall and Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (Demonstration of realism art painting)
2002-2003 Inspirational Travel England, France, Italy
2001 Inspirational Travel Australia
2000 Collector Party, Excel Gallery, Columbus Avenue, USA
1999 The Journey Of Malaysian Art, Kuala Lumpur.
1999 Miniaturization, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1998 Mirror-Mirror On The Wall, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1997 A Question Of Balance, Art Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1996 Rupa Kata, Pekan Seni Ipoh, Perak, M'sia.