“I paint subjects that are close to my heart – nature and landscapes. Unlike people, they are silent and don’t criticize”
Born in 1939, Raphael Scott Ahbeng is one of the most established Borneo artists. Attended Art and Photography course in Bath Academy of Art, Britain in 1964-67 and drama course in London in 1973, he won First Prize, Sarawak Shell Open art competition in 1959, 1982 and 1983 and Third Prize, Natural Malaysia art competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. He served as an advisor in Sarawak Artists Society during 1999-2000.
He, the master of the Sarawak natural landscapes, is known to have a bias for reds in his already florid palette.
His paintings have been held in the permanent collection of public institutions and private collectors in Malaysia. Many of his works also have been successfully auctioned overseas, an achievement he is proud of and spurs him to continue while making new discoveries.