Interview with Sabahan Artist – Galdius Anixcent Ganting


ILoveSabah Team meet up with Galdius Anixcent Ganting, a local Sabahan artist specialise in watercolor painting. Galdius or better known as Gala among his friend has been drawing as long as he can remember. We visit his working space at Laman Seni and get to know him about life as a Sabahan artist specialise in Borneo elements.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Galdius Anixcent Ganting, I work as an artist at Mayuri House of Art. I am 28 years old and I am from Kampung Malusau, Ranau. I start drawing full time since 2008. I participated in few exhibition at Balai Seni Lukis Sabah over the past few years.

Why do you do what you do?

I choose to be an artist because art gives me satisfaction in my life. I can express myself freely through my art. Art gives me the inner peace and satisfaction.

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What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Artist need to have a good technical skills and understanding of the medium. with the right technical skills, artist shall push their skills to the boundary and at the same time try out new technique .

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Bajau Horseman

What role does artist have in society?

Artist are like messengers, We use our arts to bring the message to the society.

What art do you most identify with?

My most known work is about Kampung Air (water village) of sabah and my use water colour as my main medium

What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?

I worked as a waiter prior to my full time job as an artist

Is the artistic life lonely? what do you do to counteract it?

I think we should phrase it as , “ artists need to be alone most of the time” as we need to have inspiration which we can only find when we look deep into ourself and alone. It’s a bit misconception that Artist is lonely, it’s just that artist need to be alone to produce good art.

What is your dream project?

Have my own exhibition outside of Sabah

Favourite or most inspirational place in Sabah?

Mount Kinabalu and Kampung Air

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Mount Kinabalu, half A4 size watercolor on watercolor paper.
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Water village, watercolor on watercolor paper.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Draw from your heart, because beauty always comes from honesty deep inside our heart.

Galdius Anixcent - sabah artist

Mr Galdius Anixcent Ganting can be contacted at


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