Fighting Covid-19 with art: Fahmi Reza will sketch your portrait in exchange for donations to the needy

Tan Mei Zi
The political artist is taking commissions to encourage the public to donate to those who are struggling under the movement control order. — Combination image by Choo Choy May and via Twitter/kuasiswa

PETALING JAYA, March 26 — Graphic designer Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin is taking commissions for personalised portraits in exchange for a donation to any organisation listed under the #KitaJagaKita movement.

#KitaJagaKita is an umbrella movement that aims to connect NGOs, activist groups and everyday Malaysians who want to help those who are struggling under the movement control order (MCO), which came into effect on March 18.

Fahmi proposed the idea of donating to groups under the movement on Tuesday night in a Twitter post and was met with a positive response from his followers.

By showing proof of a RM50 donation, he will produce a simple outline sketch of your likeness while a donation of RM250 gets you a customised portrait in the style of your choosing.


The first batch of commissions was completed yesterday, including one from an individual who requested a sketch in the style of Fahmi Reza’s famous clown caricature of ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.


“Thank you so much to the gang who donated! These designs have resulted in RM1,400 in donations to initiatives fighting Covid-19,” Fahmi Reza wrote in Malay, along with a hashtag that translates to #FightingCovid19WithArt.

One Twitter user even managed to get the vocal political artist, who usually doesn’t take commissions, to sketch portraits of two four-legged friends.


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