Hello & Welcome!
My name is Marini (aka Nini Marini) and I am an artist and self-taught painter based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I am graduate of The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, in Visual Communications (Time-Based Media). I have spent 20 years in the Media industry as a producer, content Innovation head for a national media company while practicing art on the side.
Today (2020) I am is a full-time artist & maker dedicated to building my art business. As an artist, I love exploring art through various mediums. This includes translating original artwork onto different materials like ceramic, textile, metal and even artificial intelligence.
My visual aesthetic often floats between abstract and decorative, drawing inspiration from different aspects of nature such as flowers, trees, plants and surrounding textures. Elements of fashion illustration, textile pattern design, animation and craft (batik & weaving) can be found in my work.
My art pushes boldness in colour, accessibility and the imagination, which has led to many creative collaborations with like-minded brands such as Harpers Bazaar, Fendi, Piaget, Levi’s, Nike, Nikon, Epson & TOMS. She has also worked with individuals like Malaysian designers, Melinda Looi, Alia Bastamam, Syaiful Baharim, Adila Long and Faizal Hamid.
I have hosted & sold out two of my own exhibitions, the most recent one being in 2016 ‘Reflections of a Peacock Butterfly’ where a lot of my signature patterns derive. My original artwork is privately owned with the exception of the Royal Pahang Museum, Fendi, Piaget, TOMS & Nike headquarters respectively. I was invited to exhibit my work in New Your in 2018 at Surtex (a surface & textile exhibition), becoming the first Malaysian to do so.
I am continually developing and evolving as an artist, designer and creative entrepreneur and believes that one should practice their #artforlife and to do so, #imaginationisnecessary
I worked in the Malaysian content industry (television, video & film) for 20 years. I never planned for this career to happen actually, nor did I think I would be in it for so long. I somehow thought I would be an animator or motion artist of some kind. It all started right after graduating in 2000 from the University of Central England, Birmingham. I returned home and got my first job as an assistant sport producer for a Malaysian free-to-air channel called TV3. At that time, my BA in Visual Communications was a little bit “too new” and it was hard for people to figure what I could (concept creation) do. So I opted to start my career in media as an assistant sports producer, simply by virtue of-the-fact that I played a bit of golf! I never regretted this move because I learned so much during this period especially about mass market sports production and programming!
I later moved on to be a producer for a boutique production company called Fe2 Productions for 5 years. In 2005, TV3 called me back to head the production & content development department before I moving to Primeworks Studios in 2008 as Head of Content Development.
My final position at Primeworks Studios was as a General Manager for Innovation & Distribution. It was one of those crazy roles that was a mix of creative and revenue. It covered Content Innovation, Film Marketing & Distribution, Animation IP Acquisition & Development, Marcom, International Co-productions and Distribution, After a few years of that, I finally made the decision to switch lanes and in 2019, I JUMPED.
Today, my job is to pay attention to my art. My responsibility is in the development my creative self and my art business. I would love to still involve myself in content creation and I hope to find some fun projects to work on. For the first time in a long time, I am not entirely clear of what’s ahead for me but, I am looking forward to the adventure.
#ARTFORLIFE is an idea I live by.
I believe it all begins with having clarity of what your “art” is (that thing you can do for hours on end) and then practicing it ALWAYS. By paying attention to yourself this way, you will be happier & in turn attract positive vibes to yourself that would eventually lead you to places intended for you. A little bit fluffy here for some I know, but this website is proof enough that if your mind is right, everything can happen. Just leave it to the universe!
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”— Albert Einstein
Imagination is necessary