SIngapore National President
Born in Singapore in 1955, Rosihan Dahim spent his early childhood days in Indonesia where he crossed paths with various artists, including the late Indonesian master painter – Affandi, who encouraged Rosihan’s passion and cultivated his talent for art. Rosihan’s works are influenced by stories of World War I and II, told by his father who fought alongside the British Navy during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, as well as his readings of the French and Spanish Revolution – an extension of his interest in Surrealism and Dadaism.
During his academic years at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Rosihan was exposed to Surealism and Dadaism, which lead him to explore the metaphysical and psychoanalysis in his paintings. In May 1980, Rosihan held his first solo exhibition titled The Surrealist Paintings of Rosihan Dahim at the National Museum Art Gallery in Singapore. Here, he unveiled his first Matchstick Painting Series. The Matchstick has since gone on to become a signature of Rosihan’s works. Rosihan has frequently been compared with the likes of renowned Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.
Rosihan’s works received high commendation and prize awards in the Australian Art Award in 1985 and Philip Morris Art Awards in 1995 and 1996. In May 2010, he was awarded second prize in the Ocean Artist of the Year 2010. Rosihan works has exhibited extensively in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE. He was commissioned to paint for the late Singapore’s Pioneering First DPM (1965), Dr Toh Chin Chye in December 2010. His works are in the collection of Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, HiltonHOTEL IN SINGAPORE, the National Museum Art Gallery and several local and overseas collectors.