Amanda Zulkifli

Langkawi Island Malaysia

By her own admission, artist Amanda Zulkifli exploited abstact art, cubism, naive, watercolor and realistic depictions of traditional Malay village life for almost four decades without being able to forget a unique style to call her own.

It was not until she opened a cafe in 2009 that Zulkifli received one day while picking up a coffee-stained paper napkin left by a customer. Fascinated by the abstract stain on the napkin, she began painting with concentrated coffee on art paper. It was not long before she discovered that different type of coffee brewed at various strenghs could yield varying sepia tones, coffee aroma and levels of shine.

Although she experimented on her own for a few months, Zulkifli later searched on the internet and was shocked to find that coffee painting, althought an extremely rare technique, has been around since the 1920's and is still carried on by a dedicated community of artist worldwide.

While she has not completely abandoned acrylic and watercolor, Zulkifli has since produced what she consider her finest paintings in the coffee medium. In the last five years, she has been profiled more and more regularly in the Malaysia and world wide. Her coffee paintings have sold at prices that exceed those of her old paintings.

Painting with coffee has merged all of Zulkifli's artistic tendercies into a style that is modern, primitive and traditional at the same time, no matter what subject she paints. "It works with abstract, with scenery, with portraits-it works with anything". "she noted enthusiastically."I love that golden sepia effect: all the paintings look vintage.

"Being a barista, I love the aroma of coffee when i paint, "she added. "It keeps me motivated to keep painting. And the shine that you get from a certain types of coffee after it dries you can't get it from any other medium.

My new mixed medium 2014 Coffee and Turmeric Painting.

  • Work
    • Amanda Coffee and Tea
  • Education
    • Iowa State University Business College