Baaqiy Ghazali was born in June 1992 in Johor, Malaysia. She attended schools in Johor, Malacca and Selangor for primary, secondary and tertiary education. Having scored all A’s in the national examination for primary education, she enrolled into a boarding school when she was 13 years of age. Continuing the academic excellent, she enrolled into an even better boarding school when she was 16 years of age. She was always referred to as the ‘art kid’ in schools, having shown a tremendous talent in drawing and painting sans formal training. In the national examination for secondary education, she managed to score all A’s in all 11 subjects, including an elective in visual arts. Following the achievement, she was awarded a national scholarship to study architecture in Australia. While taking an elective in painting (portrait) during her second year of bachelor, she discovered her passion for this art form. The following year, she took another painting class (landscape) as an elective subject. Since graduating in 2015, she continues to hone her skills, while exhibiting her works in several group exhibitions. In early 2016, she begun a new life as a trans woman after being approved to pursue hormone replacement therapy. To cope with her struggles, she found that illustrating her experience has helped to have a more positive outlook in live.
Baaqiy says ...
My artwork is the reflection of things that inspire me as an artist; photography, fashion, female figures, expressions, colours, flora and fauna, shapes and patterns. I adore the work of fashion photographers Nick Knight and Steven Klein, famous painters Klimt and David Hockney and contemporary artists such as Donald Robertson, Megan Hess, Pippa Macmanus, and May Ann Licudine, as well as fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier. I would describe my style as visually appealing, straightforward but complex and highly stylish. I aspire to be be known for my creativity and my passion for creating beautiful imagery.