(b. 1992, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia)
Paul Nickson Atia is a contemporary artist from Kuching, Sarawak, and currently based in Petaling Jaya Selangor. Upon completing his degree in B.Sc. Architecture from University Of Malaya (UM), Paul practiced at a local architecture firm PORT25 and was a part-time tutor at Taylor’s University School of Architecture & Building Design for several years, before turning his creativity towards paintings and drawings.
In his debut solo exhibition Jari Berlari at Galeri Rumah Lukis in 2018, Paul exhibited a series of drawings and sketches of buildings and cityscapes around Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Kuching. Jari Berlari also marked the introduction of his OBSESI/OBSESSION series, which he further explored in a solo exhibition, FORM(S) OF PRAYER(S) at Rissim Contemporary in 2019. The series explored his interest in the concept of prayers through his use of repetitive elements. The works were manifested as questions and tributes, paying respect to the concept of prayers – whether the reaffirmation of faith, or formation of a new faith.