Galimam is an indigenous Kadazan, born and raised in Sabah, on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia. Galimam was trained in England and his work reflects his Western training as well as his Malaysian heritage, cleverly synthesises Western and Indigenous mediums. Galimam’s work is most fascinating in his innovative use of the traditional technique of ‘batik’ (acrylic and wax on cloth) which creates his idiosyncratic style. It is the tradition and contemporaneity converge in Galimam’s technique and brush strokes that evoking the vivacity of his signature works in ‘batik’.
Galimam has been living and working as a full-time artist both in Sydney and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia). 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
Nominated for Sovereign Asian Art Prize Submission