Shalini Ganendra Fine Art



b.1985   Malaysia


Madian has been practicing as a sculptor since 2008, working primarily with wood. She graduated from the University Teknology Mara in 2009 with a B.A in Fine Art (Sculpture). Her works draw upon her Sarawakian heritage, embodying elements of Pua Kumbu textiles, traditionally woven by the Dayak women of Sarawak, used in rituals and ceremonies. Madian is also influenced by works of sculptors Reuben Margolin, Theo Jansen, Louise Nevelson, as well as engineers and architects.


The wooden sculptures are large but intimate; structured, yet organic; powerful, yet delicate. Her works, reference both ying and yang – to the tradition of women’s weaving and presented in the wood carving medium that requires strength to master. Madian constructs all works herself.


“My sculptures are the product of an intensely detailed process, representing an atmosphere of movement in static design.”



2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist




Select Exhibitions


2017  KOHLER Regional Bold Art Exhibition


2016  Making, SGFA, Kuala Lumpur


2015  Inter/National Exhibition..Here and Abroad, Box Heart Gallery, Liverty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA


2014  Open Exhibtion, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Women Group Exhibition, Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur


2013  Sekaki Exhibition, Segaris Art Cenyer, Publika, Kuala Lumpur


2010  Art Triangle Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


2009  Open Exhibition, Dakha Bangladesh






Nov 2015 – Jan 2016  Vermont Art Center, USA


Jul – Mar 2015  Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor


Jun – Oct 2011  House of MATAHATI, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


2009  Open Exhibition, Dakha Bangladesh