Nando’s hunts more than just chickens, they hunt for talented artists too.

After a great journey of 3 months searching for young and fresh talents in the art realm, the Nando’s Art Initiative 2015 finally made its final stroke as Nando’s announced the winner of the art contestants for all 3 categories – Fine Art, Digital Art, and Graffiti Art.

The annual competition marked its 8th year and this year’s theme “Your Art, Your Story” saw some of the most imaginative minds intensify their A-game to produce mind-blowing artworks that can possibly change the landscape of local art scene.

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For 8 years, Nando’s endless support towards Malaysia’s art scene remains to be one of the most known elements in creating the best platform for these young and talented emerging artists. Nando’s commitment to build a better local art scene displayed by the establishment of this annual art competition and each year, with numbers increasing of participants, Nando’s marks yet another significant ground-breaking achievement.

The launch of LOT123 in January also ascends Nando’s promise to create a better local art community.

This year, the amount of submissions have doubled up as compared to last year with total of 964 submissions. Great participation from youngsters across the country contributed to the 534 fine art, 376 digital art, and 54 graffiti submission also prove that young talents continue to develop and toughen the local art sense.

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Mac Chung Lynn, Group CEO Nando’s Chickenland (Malaysia and Singapore) said in a statement:

Nando’s Malaysia once again is very proud to have been able to provide a creative platform for young emerging artists who, each year never fail to amaze us with their creativity, passion, and artistic skills. The competition’s standards continues to rise each year and Nando’s Art Initiative 2015 is without a doubt the most challenging and inspiring at the same time for us.

She also added:

We believe that art is not something we can create blindly, it is something one must feel and embody in order to render real inspiration. “Your Art, Your Story” was definitely the best choice for this year’s theme and it has been proven today by these young talents who have poured their heart and soul their creations. Self-exploration is the kind of experience that we would like the participant to have when they joined this competition.

Hug Yin Wan from DASEIN Academy of Art from the fine art category emerged the grand prize winner with his masterpiece titled “Relationship” while Tan Yong Lin from Multimedia University came forth as the grand prize winner in the Digital Art sphere with the blooming gem entitled “Irreversible”.

Meanwhile, 10 finalists battled it out for the graffiti category in Avenue K last month, in which 4 selected finalist were qualified to proceed to the grand finale. With an impressive piece of art titled “I Need More”, Mohd Zulfadli bin Ahmad Nawawi definitely deserves the Nando’s Art Initiative 2015 grand prize.

Chung Lynn added on the graffiti art:

Because we received such great response for the graffiti category, this year we brought a little surprise element in graffiti art in which to crown the winners of this year’s competition, Nando’s held an energetic live Graffiti Jam in order to better evaluate the artistic skill required to produce each individual’s masterpiece. The event was successfully held at Avenue K on the 22nd April 2015.

This year’s competition also saw a diverse and distinguished panel of judges consist of Izan Tahir, Founding Member of the Alternative Printing Group, Goblock; Marvin chan, a self-taught artist with full of experience in the art scene both locally and internationally; Hirzaq Haris, former grand prize winner of the Nando’s Art Competition and now a household name among young artists; Nini Ramlan, Head of Content Innovation at Primeworks Studio, painter and illustrator; Kenji Chai, a familiar figure in the graffiti art scene artist and last but least, Mac Chung Lynn, Group CEO Nando’s Chickenland (Malaysia and Singapore).

Syed Nabil Syed Nahar of NN Gallery has also been an active player in the competition; taking on the role of Nando’s Art Initiative Chief Advisor.

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With the amazing numbers of responses received nationwide, Nando’s Art Initiative 2015 will host an art exhibition for the impressive art pieces to be displayed.

The exhibition will be held in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1 :  The Boulevard, Publika from 27th May to 7th June
  • Phase 2: LOT 123, 2nd & 3rd Floor Nando’s Jalan Sultan from 12th June to 19th July.

Art collectors who are keen to have the inspirational art piece(s) of that ingenuity through an open silent auction with RM500 starting bid.

Without further ado, here’s the list of Nando’s Art Initiative 2015’s winners:

Fine art category

  • Grand prize – Fully sponsored solo exhibition, RM5,000 cash and Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Hug Yin Wan
  • 1st runner up – RM3,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Tang Li Yi
  • 2nd runner up – RM2,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Izuan Bin Idris
  • Consolation prize (x3) – RM1,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Paul Nickson Atia
    • Winner: Lee Tieng Chiew
    • Winner: Mohamas Nur Azmi Bin Mohd Noh

Digital art categories

  • Grand prize – Fully sponsored solo exhibition, RM5,000 cash and Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Tan Yong Lin
  • 1st runner up – RM3,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Muhamas Syahrin Mohd Nazri
  • 2nd runner up – RM2,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Yong Yeay Fhan
  • Consolation prize (x3) – RM1,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Wahyu Nor Abadi Bin Suyadi
    • Winner: Wong Suet Teng
    • Chai Sim yee

Graffiti / street art category

  • Grand prize – RM5,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Mohd Zulfadli bin Ahmad Nawawi
  • Consolation prize (x3) – RM2,000 cash, Nando’s vouchers worth RM500
    • Winner: Nurul Syakirah Saparudin
    • Winner: Chong Hong Shi
    • Winner: Amirul Shah Bin Mumfahir

All works were judged based on originality and creativity, the story- concept and idea, quality of design and composition, use of medium and artistic finish and lastly, overall impression.

More photos of the art pieces can be seen below:

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