1994 - 1999
The Mexican Years
Kakim Goh, 29, comes to his profession from a unique perspective. Born in Singapore, his initial exposure to life was primarily Asian, as he spent his childhood in that multi-cultural country as well as in Malaysia. In his early teens, Goh came to Canada and lived in provinces as diverse as Newfoundland and British Columbia.
It was during the years he lived in Mexico, however, in which Goh’s art began to take shape… He took course after course on various artistic techniques, from woodblock printing and drawing, to etching and printmaking, to painting and sculpture. It was there, too, that the strong colours traditionally used by Mexican artists embedded themselves in his artistic explorations, where “the natural pigments in plaster walls of old colonial towns vibrate.
Milena Katz, “Beyond the Visual,”
Parkhurst Exchange #55, March, 2003, 15 - 19
The artistry of Kakim Goh is best described as a marriage of East and West. I use marriage because it is a willing, loving relationship that has given birth to a new generation of expression. It is at once an integration of various cultures and techniques as well as an evolution beyond them.
Wayne Arnold, “How to Become Famous Overnight,”
Attencion San Miguel, Vol. XXIII, # 49, Week of December 15, 1997, 38.