APIS (Haafiz Shahimi), born in Kedah, Malaysia, in 1986, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from  UiTM Shah Alam in 2011. His artistic journey encompasses various disciplines, including painting,  installation, and performing arts. Since 2014, he has delved into the techniques of creating  artworks with fire, exploring pyrography printing and direct fire burning, thereby expanding the  scope and scale of his artwork.

Apis has become synonymous with a unique style of pyrography printmaking, deeply rooted in  Malaysia’s print and textile traditions. Initially inspired by batik printing, he mimicked cultural and  mythological imagery onto metal blocks, creating personalized ‘matrices’ that, when heated, were  applied to canvas and jute surfaces. While drawing clear parallels with batik production, he soon  realized that temperature variations could alter the final visual effect, prompting him to experiment  further.

Merging the laws of thermodynamics with the formal aspects of art production, including drawing,  painting, and print, Apis unveiled a fascination with duality: science/mythology, East/West,  physics/philosophy. Consequently, he developed a variety of printing techniques, including  pyrography print, inverted burn, direct petrol burn, and chemical burning.

In the contemporary art scene, automotive paint has piqued the interest of many artists due to its  intensity, vibrancy, and special reflective quality. Apis, however, envisioned the potential of this  industrial medium to transcend its conventional use. Through the fusion of automotive paint with his pyro techniques—burning directly onto the paint surface—Haafiz has crafted specially for Art Central Hong Kong a series of works  that exemplify this innovative approach. In his new series serves as a clear  example, where intense direct burning is applied to the hyper silver color of the automotive paint,  resulting in accidental markings juxtaposed with deliberate construction and deconstruction of  visuals.

Notably, Apis revisits a rare and painstaking process after a decade: pyrography with a rod to create lines reminiscent of charcoal drawings. The culmination of his 13- year artistic journey, the work “Desire” showcase the evolution and fusion of his various techniques into a harmonious and captivating body of work.

b. 1986

2011 BA (Hons) in Fine Arts, UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
2007 Diploma in Fine Arts, UiTM Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia

2024 Humanimal, Core Contemporary Art in collaboration with 333 Gallery, Warehouse 30, Bangkok, Thailand
2022 Covenant, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
2020 PANAS, Maya Gallery, Singapore
2020 AWAS, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
2014 Raising Awareness Towards Greater Awareness (RAGE), Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

2016 Faizal vs Haafiz: Dawn of Extended Printmaking (with Faizal Suhif), Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Art Busan 2024, Core Contemporary Art, Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO), Busan, South Korea
Art Central Hong Kong 2024, Core Contemporary Art, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong

GO BLOCK Vol.7 – The Expanded Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Galeri Puteh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KECIK, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
GoBlock: SENIBUKU, Cult Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Yellow, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Bangkok H.A.F 2022, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, Thailand
TERA: A Malaysian Print Exclamation, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ART-TASTIK, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
SPICE, Core Design Gallery in collaboration with Muzi Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Whatz Art, Core Design Gallery in collaboration with Muzi Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
GO BLOCK: Contemporary Extended Printmaking Residency Project Vol. 5, Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia
Hot Seats: Unveiled, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Art Busan 2022, Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, Busan, South Korea
Serba-Serbi, Core Design Gallery in collaboration with Maya Gallery, Singapore
Soya Cincau Extreme, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

CIMB Artober Hotel Art Fair, Core Design Gallery in collaboration with Dua Konsultasi , Element Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RED DOT, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Art Gallery Weekend 2020: Right Here! Right Now!,– Artemis Art, The Backroom, Core Design Gallery, Suma Orientalis, Richard Koh Fine Art, Malaysia
1 Meter Apart, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Nanjing Art Fair International 2019, Core Design Gallery, Nanjing Expo Centre, Nanjing, China
Art Expo Malaysia 2019, Core Design Gallery, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Art Taichung 2019, Core Design Gallery, Millennium Hotel and Resort, Taichung City, Taiwan
Bangkok Hotel Art Fair, Core Design Gallery, W Bangkok, Thailand
The 8th Shanghai Citizen Art Fair, Core Design Gallery, Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai, China

PAST Group Exhibition, Battersea Power Station, London
Marking the Time, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur International Miniprint Exhibition (KLIMEX), Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stories of 11 Artworks, HOM Art Trans, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Art of Printmaking: Lasting Impressions, Muzium dan Galeri Seni Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Y Canvas, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Young Guns, HOM Art Trans, Whitebox Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Seni NEGARAKU, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Much Ado About Drawing, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Angkatan Pelukis Kedah, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GrAnDe III, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

The Grass is Greener on This Side, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Extreme Portrait, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GrAnDe II, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Reason 4 Season – Art Expo Malaysia 2015, Core Design Gallery, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CoCA Exhibition, Core Design Gallery, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
X-Canvas, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Siti: The Iconic, Artelier Gallery, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
GrAnDe, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Great Malaysian Contemporary Art II (GMCA) – Art Expo Malaysia, Core Design Gallery, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Soya Cincau, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

M50 Art Exhibition, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mera’i Demokrasi, RA Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Zaman Batu Kontemporari, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Action Painting, Henry Butcher (Art Auction), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ahmad Scissorhand, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Landscaping Malaysian Art, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Beautiful Mind, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia

Performance Art, Asian Art Collision White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Action Painting, Opening for AKTA SENI VISUAL, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Action Painting Opening for solo show Faizal Suhif, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Surrealism, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia
Open Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Performance Art, Uber ETC, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Reveal, Fine Art Degree Show, UiTM Shah Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Figurativismo, Core Design Gallery, Malaysia