Ahmad Abu Bakar (b. 1963, Malaysia) graduated from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 1989 and received his Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from the University of Tasmania (Australia) in 1995. Upon his return to Singapore in 1996, Ahmad joined LaSalle College of the Arts as a full-time lecturer where he taught ceramics and 3D studies. He pursued his Master of Fine Arts with RMIT/ LASALLE-SIA during his teaching period in the college; he is currently an adjunct lecture at Nanyang Polytechnic and the National Institute of Education (NTU).Read More
As an artist, Ahmad has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Australia, and Indonesia. In 2007 he took part in the international ceramics festival ACN: Selsius at the National Art Gallery, Malaysia, and in 2009 he was invited to be a part of Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale and the International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition: Asian Ceramics Network. In 2012, his first solo exhibition Ini Tanah Aku took place at Jendela (Visual Art Space) at Esplanade, Singapore. As part of the 2013 Singapore Biennale, Bakar's work Telok Blangah, a collaboration with inmates from Changi Prison, was installed in the foyer of the Singapore Art Museum. In 2015, he was invited to take part in the group exhibition of Southeast Asian artists, Secret Archipelago at Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France.
Ahmad co-curated a showcase of Singaporean Malay artists entitled Tok Selampit Millenniumin 2004 at Jendela, and in 2007, Mapped, a group show featuring contemporary ceramicists from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.