Israfil Ridhwan (b. 1999) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2020 with a Diploma in Fine Arts. 


Since graduating from NAFA, he has been part of the c/discoveries program and has presented noteworthy works in exhibitions such as “Fresh Take” and a solo exhibition “The Divine Comedy”. An instinctive visual pleaser, Israfil’s paintings are an amalgamation of neo-expressionism and figurative elements. Rendered with modern and baroque references for the subjects in his paintings, Israfil captures universal concepts such as identity and human relationships through his lived experiences. With an inspiration for music, Israfil translates what he sees and hears onto a 2-dimensional surface, giving a poster-like image that engages and compels the viewer to confront the invoked feeling.




Artist statement 

One quote I’ve always stuck with is, “life imitates art”. Being someone who’s a little too in-touch with his emotions can be very draining. I’ve been blessed with the life I have- to live around people who express their thoughts and emotions to me. I see violence, lust, love, joy and so many more. Being inspired by this, I’ve made it my genre of art. When I paint something, it’s a parallel reflection of an emotion, valid or not. I’d like to think that I’m a mediator of some sort. My art style has been described as poster-like or figurative. I think it’s nice knowing that it is the way it is, as if life is a movie and my work is the summary.