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An artist who creates his work, not caring about its commercial value; one who thinks that the message is the thing, not the value that others attach to it. His creations, he thinks, are the possession of the community and the audience that participate in the creative process. This is H.H. Lim, a unique Penang artist based in Rome.

H.H. Lim certainly looked pensive when I met him briefly in Kuala Lumpur and again a week later at his contemporary art space, Izu Zone, in Penang. He talked about his life as an artist, from his struggling days in Rome where he has been based for the last three decades. He is now an artist highly visible in Europe and in more recent years, back in Asia.

“When I left to study in Rome in 1976 (at the Academy of Fine Arts), I told my family it was to study Architecture but I quickly switched to Fine Arts. Until his dying day, my father never knew that I earned a living as an artist,” Lim, 57, confided.


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