Tai Meng Lim

Home / Salons / 14th ARC Salon

Tai Meng Lim


TaiMeng Lim (Malaysian, born 1976) started painting at the tender age of ten. His curiosity and passion for the arts lead him to experiment with various methods and mediums. Growing up from a humble family background, most of his experiences then of arts and paintings were self-taught. This would eventually become the very foundation necessary to kick start his creative journey and in 1993, he was honoured with scholarship programs for his participation in the National Art Scholarship Competition.

He graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in Graphic Design in 1997 and began working professionally in the advertising industry. Being dedicated and somewhat of a perfectionist, he focused his efforts on his career until 2011. At that time, picking up the paintbrush again felt nostalgic and rekindled in him that inner joy for painting that he had discovered as a child. Paying heed to that calling, he started pursuing opportunities to create as a freelance fine artist.

TaiMeng has been accepted into many exhibitions and competitions and has received numerous awards. Recently, he received a 2nd Place award in the ISAP International Open Online Show 2018; Best of Show in the ISAP International Open Online Show 2017; Outstanding Acrylic Award in March and November in the 2018 BoldBrush Painting Competition; the Academy of Realists Art Award in the Artists & Illustrators - Artists of the Year 2017 competition. He has also been featured in publications such as Acrylic Artist; International Artist; Pratique des Arts; Pastel Journal; and in the AcrylicWorks series.

His artistic direction is derived from the exploration and struggles of day-to-day life activities. As such, TaiMeng tends to tell a story via his paintings, reflecting his personal opinions and feelings about whatever he may wish to convey, through paint strokes and his interpretation of art. His painting style embodies transformation and change, which is closely connected to his process of self-discovery. He tirelessly plays with various methods and techniques to produce and realize concepts and ideas in pursuit of a deeper understanding of himself and the environment around him.

This play provides him with unlimited possibilities as well as endless inspirations, ideas and queries that he explores on his artistic journey. He finds great satisfaction and understanding of himself through his art and his creative process.

* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 14th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.