Malaysian artists with autism reach for the sky, from Europe exhibitions to NFTs

'Lonely Planet’s NFT Art Exhibition' at GMBB in Kuala Lumpur this weekend features 36 artworks from five special needs artists, who jointly created this publicity image. The hybrid exhibition's artworks are also available as NFTs. Photo: Artgene Studio

After eight years of giving art lessons to special needs children, Eric Lai knows a thing or two about what makes them tick. It is also a personal undertaking of sorts, as his son, is part of this world.

“Although it is challenging for me because they are special and they do things according to their own rules, I have learned a lot from these children during this journey of teaching them. Things that are simple for most people can be extremely hard for special needs children,” says Lai, artist and founder of Artgene Studio in Ipoh.

Limited time offer:
Just RM5 per month.

Monthly Plan


Billed as RM5/month for the 1st 6 months then RM13.90 thereafters.

Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Culture

Malaysian artists celebrate M. Nasir in the 'Sesat Di Kuala Lumpur' exhibition
An exhibition in Singapore showcases a grand pagoda journey
Newly authenticated Caravaggio unveiled at Spain's national art museum
Documentary captures the unifying power of Bach's music
Istanbul's century-old streetcar receives a makeover
Britain's Royal Mint launches coin for 80th anniversary of D-Day landings
Caleb Carr, military historian and author of 'The Alienist,' dies at 68
Weekend for the arts: UN Peacekeeping stories, 'Sacred Currents' exhibition
Cinderella: a feisty musical fairy tale with a cause
Bayangan joins forces with Sans Collective for music, media arts show at PJPAC

Others Also Read