Anniketyni Madian is appraised as the leading female Malaysian sculptor with works focusing on her Sarawakian heritage. Despite the gender norm of the sculpture field dominated by all-male sculptors, she has trudged through the arts industry resiliently, producing one of the most sought after monumental sculptural works. She is an acclaimed artist locally and acknowledged internationally with her wood carving interpretations of the Pua Kumbu. A distinct motif usually seen on textiles woven by the Iban tribe’s women, Pua Kumbu has been an integral part of Anniketyni’s work. She often incorporates the motif as a way of remembering her roots, identifying her innate desire in trying to preserve the pattern by interpolating it into a contemporary art form.
Anniketyni graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Art, majoring in Sculpture, from UiTM, Shah Alam in 2009. She has participated in several residencies including HOM, Kuala Lumpur (2011), Rimbun Dahan, Kuala Lumpur (2015), Buffalo Creek Art Centre, Nevada (2018), World Youth Forum and Sculpture Symposium, Egypt (2018), Sculpture Symposium Arapan, Armenia (2019). Other career highlights include being presented with the Young Guns Art Award (2017), Top 30 for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2016/2017) and TN50 Youth Ambassador (2017). Her sculptures can be found in private art collections worldwide and offices of the UN, Google, The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, One&Only and WOLO Kuala Lumpur.