Awang Damit Ahmad
Awang Damit Ahmad was born in Kuala Penyu, Sabah in 1956. His father was a fisherman in Sabah while his mother was a housewife. His love for arts started in the 70s when he travelled around Sabah to learn painting from various artists. In 1975, the then 21-year-old came to Selangor to become a technician with Telekom Malaysia. While working as a technician, he began to delve into arts intently and it was one artist who kindled his passion. He quit Telekom in 1979 and joined Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in mid 1979. He pursued his Diploma in Fine Arts, which is equivalent to a general degree. During his time with UiTM, he did his practical in Melaka and developed his skills by learning with the best in St.Paul Hills, Melaka. Awang topped his class in UiTM, graduating in 1983. For two years, he became a full-time artist and completed his first series, Essence of Culture. In fact, he started in 1975, meaning it took him 10 years to complete his first series. "I was inspired by my childhood experiences and decided to look into other painting mediums such as oil and acrylic”.