Zulfirman Syah

Fine Artist

I’m a fine artist from Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. I studied at ISI Jogja and was a member of the Sakato Art Community in Jogja for nearly two decades, prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 2019. I focus on creating large scale contemporary abstract pieces with acrylic on canvas. Please take a look at my work.

At Work

Hi, I’m Zulfirman, or Jul as most people call me. I’m the dad of a toddler and a career fine artist of more than twenty years. I moved to Christchurch, NZ in January 2019 with my wife and young son. Along with our son, I sustained a multitude of injuries in the Christchurch Mosque Attacks. During the year that followed, I completed only one painting, which sold at the 2019 Auckland Art Fair. I have two pieces that will be published in the upcoming Otago University Press anthology, Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, and I’m looking forward to continuing my work here in Aotearoa.



For me, creating art is an expression of my soul, born from my aesthetic experience. With each new work, I strive to use my technique and vision to make an impact on the evolution of art. My work has also been included in exhibitions at Cheim & Read Gallery in New York, Siena Art Institute in Siena Italy, and The National Art Museum of China in Beijing, as well as other locations internationally.

Zulfirman Syah

"Creativity takes courage."

Henri Matisse