Zul Mahmod, born in 1975, is an esteemed sound artist from Singapore, known for his influential contributions to the contemporary art scene. He is a prominent figure among a generation of sound-media artists who have garnered international interest for their inter-disciplinary and experimental approach. Zul Mahmod has earned a reputation for seamlessly integrating 3-D forms with "sound constructions" and "sound-scapes," creating immersive and captivating art experiences. His artistic practice revolves around exploring spatial awareness, aural architecture, and thought-provoking social issues, conveying powerful messages in a subtle yet impactful manner.
Throughout his career, Zul Mahmod has represented Singapore at esteemed events, including the Ogaki Biennale in 2006 and the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, where he presented Singapore's first full-on sound sculpture. Zul Mahmod has also designed the trophy for the first Singtel F1 Grand Prix Night Race in Singapore, showcasing his artistic versatility. In recognition of his outstanding talent, Zul Mahmod was awarded the special inaugural Soichiro Fukutake Prize by Benesse Holding Inc in early 2017 for his artwork commissioned for the Singapore Biennale 2016. His piece titled "SONICreflection" was subsequently acquired by the Fukutake Foundation, further solidifying his impact in the art world.
Zul Mahmod's art has reached audiences across the globe, with exhibitions held in various countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Moscow, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway, and Finland. He was part of the prestigious creative talents traveling showcase, Singapore Inside Out, held in Beijing, London, New York, and Singapore. His notable initiatives include an industrial-sound-inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, showcasing his ability to blend sound and visual arts seamlessly. Zul Mahmod’s contributions were recognized with the Singapore Straits Time Life! Theatre Award in 2010 for Best Sound Design for his work on "RPM" by Kafai/Theatreworks.
In addition to his accomplishments, Zul Mahmod's artistic journey has been supported and recognized through the NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) in 2022. This prestigious award from the National Arts Council (NAC) in Singapore acknowledges his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft, providing further opportunities for artistic growth and development. Zul Mahmod's contributions continue to shape and elevate the contemporary art landscape in Singapore and beyond.