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Artists Can Win Up To RM100K In ‘2022 UOB Painting of the Year’ Art Competition

Artists Can Win Up To RM100K In ‘2022 UOB Painting of the Year’ Art Competition

Alumni winners get to enjoy a month-long residency programme abroad too.

Adeline Leong

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UOB Malaysia has launched the 2022 UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition and is inviting established and emerging artists to create innovative artworks that showcase their artistic mastery.

The top country winner will receive RM100,000 and a chance to compete for the prestigious UOB Southeast Asian POY award, which carries a cash prize of US$10,000.

In conjunction with UOB Malaysia’s 71st Anniversary, the Bank has also introduced UOB Malaysia 71st Anniversary Special campaign as part of the 2022 UOB POY (Malaysia) competition.

The winning artwork of this special campaign will be displayed on the exterior of a public mass rail transit (MRT) that will travel around the Klang Valley.

This campaign is part of the bank’s commitment to making art more accessible to the wider community while raising the profile and the work of the winning Malaysian artist.

Through our annual UOB POY competition, we will continue to discover artistic talent in Malaysia, and promote them locally and regionally. As the leading patron of the arts in Asia, we hope to nurture the next generation of artists and help them realise their dreams.

CEO of UOB Malaysia Ng Wei Wei

Submission details

Submissions will be received digitally and will open from today until 31 July 2022. The winners of the 2022 UOB POY (Malaysia) competition will be announced at an award ceremony in October 2022.

The competition is open to all Malaysia citizens and permanent residents.

More details of the competition can be found at

The panel of judges this year include:

1. Ms Bibi Chew, Industry Advisory Panel (Visual Arts) for CENDANA Malaysia and Head of Illustration and Senior Lecturer at the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

2. Mr Choy Chun Wei, Leading Malaysian contemporary artist, whose works have been exhibited internationally across China, Hong Kong SAR, the United States, Pakistan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

3. Mr Ahmad Fuad Osman, Leading Malaysian contemporary artist and judge of National Art Gallery’s Young Contemporaries Awards.

Who won last year?

The winners of the 2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) are:

Established Artist Category

Walk in Silence, Don’t Walk Away in Silence by Saifu Razman.

2021 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) Award Winner – Saiful Razman

Gold – Lee Mok Yee

Silver – Mohd Azrul Azrai bin Mohamad Mohyi

Bronze – Fadilah Karim

Highly Commended – Lau Pik Yoke

Emerging Artist Category

Hi by Jaclyn Teh Ya Zi

Most promising Artist of the Year Award Winner – Jaclyn Teh Ya Zi

Gold – Nik Ashri bin Nik Harun

Silver – Sack Tin Lim

Bronze – Raden Hisbullah bin Radin Abu Bakar

Alumni winners enjoy a residency programme abroad

To encourage artists to develop their knowledge and hone their artistic skills, UOB provides alumni winners with an immersive experience through a month-long residency programme at various prestigious art museums in Asia.

This also provides artists with the opportunity to learn about the art culture in their respective host countries and various approaches to art creation.

The 2021 winner Saiful will join an artist residency programme at the UOB Art Gallery in Shanghai, China as part of the 40th Anniversary of the UOB POY competition.

Cheng Yen Pheng and Sabri Idrus, the 2019 and 2020 UOB POY (Malaysia) winners, were selected to attend the artist residency programme at the renowned Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

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