My Stories

I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and had my early education at the Federation School for the Deaf in Penang.

I was born Deaf. I am unable to speak and hear but able to read and write. I use sign language to communicate with those who know sign language. My interest in art developed when I was in primary school. Dragon and phoenix were my favourite objects for art when I first started painting.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Architecture from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. After working for more than 25 years in various companies, I decided to become a full time artist. In January, 2013, I decided to enroll into the Master of Art in Visual Art program offered by the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

There are few objectives that I wish to achieve by taking up a Master degree. Firstly, I want to become a lecturer of art and design for the Deaf in academic institution in the near future. Secondly, I would like to become an art consultant and manager of art centre for Deaf artists. Thirdly, I want to be a professional artist at the international level. I want to promote and create public awareness and acceptance on my ability as a professional Deaf Artist through my artwork displays and exhibitions worldwide. I hope through my achievement, the public will be open to accept people with disability as equal and capable.

I am known as a Deaf artist, illustrator and designer. As a designer who has vast experiences in art and design projects, I have more than 25 years of experience in designing, drawing and painting in conceptual design. I have the ability to work on other media such as batik painting, acrylic painting, watercolour painting and ink & pen drawing. I had the opportunities to participate in many competitions; local and abroad and won many awards. I represented Malaysia’s disabled community in numerous exhibitions and competitions. My recent achievement was the gold medal (first prize) which I won in the 8th International Abilympic Competition held in Korea, 2011.

Better known as a Malaysia landscape artist, my paintings captured the vivid memory of my enjoyment and records of nature's beauty and man's relationship towards my environment as a young child schooling at Tanjung Bungah, Penang for 12 years from 1973-1985. The Kampung houses near the sea which I grew up with were no longer in existence as it gave way for new property development. My painting in batik incorporates a profusion of the local colours which culminate in my belief that one must harmonize with the environment and respect it. "The joy of painting is when you do it for nothing else other than your own satisfaction and to capture something you personally see as inspiring, beautiful and God's creation”.

I continue to draw, paint, read, write and travel to gain inspiration as I believed learning is an unending process. Visit to the galleries, museums and exhibitions in fulfillment of this undertaking and my personal indulgence in the art world which including art history, art theory, art culture and art research have keep me growing as an artist

The life and art of Lim Anuar

An undeniably talented artist, Lim Anuar is a man with incredible strength of character. He has overcome much in his life; the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ have been levelled at him many a time and yet he has not tired of living.

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Much to contribute

LIM Anuar has been working hard on a 37sqm space at the Coffees of Hawaii outlet in Petaling Jaya for the past month. The artist, who has been deaf since birth, was asked to paint the outlet’s mural.

The Lim Kok Wing University creative director is fresh from clinching a gold medal for silk painting at the 2011 Seoul Abilympics (an international skills contest for persons with disabilities that was held first in 1981 to commemorate the United Nations’ International Year of People with Disabilities) but is taking this task slowly, as it is the first time the 42-year-old has attempted a mural.

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Interpreting the sound of life through art

The Expat, July 2014 issue
Interpreting the sounds of life through art