Abdul Multhalib Musa

(b. Penang, 1976)

Abdul Multhalib Musa is a trained architect who produces large-scale site-specific and commissioned steel sculptures besides creating small pieces for exhibitions. He has created the award-winning sculpture titled Soaring Katabami for the 2019 UBE Biennale International Sculpture Competition where the notion of flight was its underlying theme. A commissioned work titled Wing It! (2021) made from Corten metal is currently on display at Ur-Mu, Kuala Lumpur.

He pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Design Studies from the University of Adelaide in Australia, thereafter returning to Malaysia to obtain his Bachelor of Architecture from MARA University of Technology in 2000. He participated in Rimbun Dahan Residency in 2001, and was the recipient of the Australian High Commission’s Gunnery Studios Residency Award in 2004. In 2002 he was honoured with the Second Prize Award of Excellence at the 6th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition and Open Competition in Japan and in the same year the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia presented him with the Juror’s Award at the Young Contemporaries Awards Exhibition. In 2003, he received an Honourable Mention at the Philip Morris Malaysian Art Awards. In 2008, Abdul Multhalib Musa won a competition to design a major outdoor sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China. In 2015, he was selected for the 2015 Cité Internationale des Arts residency, funded by the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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