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Singaporean graffiti artist Mohammad Azlan Ramlan, better known as Ceno2,creates artworks that blur the line between fine art and graffiti. Through his detailed spray paintings, he aims to change people’s traditional views about art, connect people and uplift communities.
 
A Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts graduate, Ceno2 draws inspiration from classical painters, such as Rembrandt and Michelangelo, and has developed his own style of graffiti, which he calls Graffiti Fine Art. His artworks can be found in Chicago, New York and London. Commercial entities and organisations in Singapore have also commissioned his work. The Singapore International Foundation commissioned him to create a piece for its DiverseCity showcase in 2012 to celebrate the breadth and global reach of Singapore art as well as the collaborations and friendships between local and global artists.
 
To bring people together, he makes sure that his work is relevant to the history of the area. When he worked with students and staff from the Anglo-Chinese Schools (a family of Methodist schools in Singapore and Indonesia) on a mural project at Amoy Street Food Centre, he decided on the image of a samsui woman (on the cover) as a tribute to the contributions of samsui women towards building Singapore. Samsui women were Chinese immigrants who came to Singapore in the mid-1930s to work as construction workers. The mural was part of the schools’ celebrations for Singapore’s 50th birthday last year.


TRIBUTE

Remembering the Late Former President SR Nathan

“It does not matter whether you are young or old, rich or poor. Your every act of kindness...


10 QUESTIONS

The Art Of Tact

Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong on bringing different communities together.


GLOBAL CITIZENS

The Peacemaker

Dr Wee Teck Young works with young Afghans to build peace in Afghanistan.

The Butterfly Effect

Ting Siew Lee hopes to create a brighter future for Timor Leste’s youth through education.

Brewing Goodness

Michael Ong offers comfort and help to troubled Vietnamese youth.

Tribal Hero

Eugene Wee helps uplift the lives of an ethnic minority group in Thailand.


SPECIAL INSERT

The Magic Of Connections

SIF commemorates its silver jubilee.


COMMUNITY

Art In Action

Artists from Singapore and China exchange ideas on using arts and culture to promote sustainable...

Art For All

Representatives from Singapore and the United Kingdom share how they foster social inclusion for...

Unseen Connections

Artists from Singapore and Malaysia use art to help the blind in Malaysia gain greater...

Chairs For Charity

CHAIRITY raises funds for cancer patients through partnerships with artists in Asia.

Musical Bonds

The Singapore edition of “Play Me, I’m Yours” fosters community spirit and draws attention...


GOOD BUSINESS

Purpose Beyond Profit

SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs programme helps young people grow their ideas for positive...

Micro-Businesses With Big Aspirations

Social enterprise Wobe helps women in Indonesia start micro-businesses.


HELPING HANDS

Exporting Enterprise

Non-profit organisation Choson Exchange supports entrepreneurship in North Korea.

Hope For A Better Life

Operation Hope Foundation reaches out to the underprivileged in Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal.


BIG IDEAS

Raising The Bar

Singaporean and Thai law students partner to grow pro bono culture.


INSIDE SCOOP

Open Doors, Open Minds

OH! Open House leverages art to reveal a different side to Singapore.


OUT OF THE BOX

Safe And Sound

Start-up SoundEye’s monitoring device helps care for the elderly who live alone.


VANTAGE

Leave No One Behind

National Council of Social Service vice-president Anita Fam on enhancing social inclusiveness for...


PASS IT ON

The Power of Stories

Our Better World inspires action through digital storytelling.



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