Shu Ruei is an emerging contemporary artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She apprenticed with Long Thien Shih (Malaysian veteran artist) in painting and draughtsmanship (2005 -2009), and later entered ASWARA (National Academy of Arts, Heritage and Culture), where she graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (2009 -2013), majoring in printmaking. She is also a member of Studio TERUSI (a Malaysian artist collective), since doing her industrial training there in 2011, where she learned some basics of traditional Malay woodcarving.
Educational exposure to traditional Malaysian heritage informs her work, which primarily consists of mixed media collages and installation work that incorporates everyday Malaysian imagery.
Her abstract collage works ('Dunia') reference traditional Malay and Chinese motifs, colours and patterns. 'Dunia' (World) addresses themes of change, ambiguity and interconnection in human perspectives and relationships through artworks that perceptually change and interact with time, space, light, shadow and the viewer.
Her work has been exhibited in Pelitahati Gallery, G13 Gallery, and Map Publika amongst others in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. In 2011, she received a Rasa Alam Exhibition Special Jury Award from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia), and a series of her linocut prints entered the collection of ‘Rumah Malaysia’; the Malaysian Embassy in Brussels.
In October 2013, her ‘Orang Boxes’ installations were included in the SpotArt Young Artists Festival 2013; a Singapore Biennale 2013 fringe event showcasing emerging ASEAN artists who were jury selected from a regional open call. She was the only Malaysian artist selected.
Since 2014, Shu Ruei has been invited to exhibit collages in ‘Thinking Drawing’ (a group exhibition of contemporary drawing), the 8th Art Expo Malaysia, and also to develop 3 new installation pieces: a community art project called ‘Fruit in Kind’ (re-installed 6 times), ‘Migration’ for The Langkawi Biennale 2014 and ‘Dunia (Turning)’ for the ‘Soya Cincau’ group exhibition (Core Design Gallery). In addition, she was again selected for the 2nd time to participate in the 2nd SpotArt Young Artist Festival, Singapore.