An indigenous Kadazan, Ron was born and raised in Sabah, on the island of Borneo, East Malaysia. In 1968 when Ron was 18 years old, his painting entitled “Peta’s Idiocynrasis” was accepted along other established artists by the prestigious ‘Salon Malaysia Art Competition’ to exhibit at the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur. Encouraged by this significant event, he went on to study traditional European drawings and paintings at the Plymouth College of Art in Devon UK under Alexander McKenzie, a renown British landscape artist.
Graduated from BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Mass Communication at Kingston University, Surrey UK in 1976, Ron began his artistic career spanning from animator in London; graphic designer and illustrator in Wellington; heading the design department in Australian Museum, Sydney where he was responsible for several exhibits for the Sydney Biennale year 1988. In 1990, Ron decided to follow his inner calling to work as a full-time artist and has been living and working both in Sydney and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia) ever since. His works have been widely collected by local and international art collectors including Sabah Art Gallery that collected and permanently exhibits his art works.
Education and Work Experience
1972-1973 Foundation year of Higher National Diploma in Drawing and Painting at Plymouth College of Art, Devon, UK
1973-1976 BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Mass Communication at Kingston University, Surrey UK.
1976-1977 Animator, London, UK
1978-1979 Art Director, Wellington, NZ
1988-1989 Head of The Design Department, Australian Museum, Sydney
1990-Current Full-time Artist
2013-Current Judging panel for the annual Sabah State Art Competition.
2017 A Touch of The Enchanted Rainforest, Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1996 Ron Galimam, Kiranau Art Gallery, Sabah, Malaysia
1990-Current Ron Galimam On-going Exhibition, Inaman Gallery, Sabah, Malaysia
2017 Beauty and Myth of Southeast Asia, Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney, Australia