“Someone told me that I had sold my soul for art. After a few minutes, I replied, if I had a soul, I didn’t sell it. I had given it to my art so that my art has a life.”

Shymin Chor (1975) has been creating art for as long as she can remember. She earned her first commission at 11-years-old when her grandmother challenged her to produce three mystical paintings for RM10 during a year-end holiday, upon seeing her drawing and painting everyday.

After working as a corporate lawyer for five years, Shymin returned to her true calling and obtained a MA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA.

Spending three intensive years in the US pushed Shymin to live the life of an artist. Consumed by thoughts of nothing but her craft, Shymin’s new, bustling environment provided her with the perfect place to develop her skills, experience, and knowledge in the field. However, they were not without days of loneliness and pressure from other artists competing for recognition.

There, Shymin was drawn to mixed media art, and worked for a well-known senior artist. She was exposed to the world of professional art and continued to work hard as an artist and assistant until she felt compelled to return home.

Shymin’s works include mixed media drawings, paintings, intimate thread work and sculptural forms. Interested in the magical, mythical and whimsical, yet contemplative about the realities of life, Shymin wants the experience of her works to “create a respite and a surreal moment to reconnect with our inner child whom we have forgotten.”

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