'Imagination is more important than knowledge'
Roy Payamal is a stalwart of the Singapore busking scene, performance artist and clown-at-heart. With self-taught skills in juggling, fire-eating and acrobatics, he was one of the earliest buskers in Singapore, starting in his late teens. Eventually recognized as a street artist for his statue work and installations, his work deepens the dialogue between street art and local culture.
Roy was also a mime with Mime Unlimited, founded The Substation’s original juggling club in The Substation Garden, and was a clown-entertainer with sought-after acts in the commercial circuit (like the dangerous and mad CyberFreak). Past artistic work include Zai Kuning’s Metallic Laboratories and Growing Madness, performances at Vincent Leow’s Plastique Kinetic Worms, ACT3, as well as at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan) and international busking festivals in Italy, France and Singapore. As one half of performance duo Singapierrot, he was commissioned for the Singapore Night Festival in 2013.
In 2015, feature film Singapore Minstrel, about his life, premiered at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival and travelled festivals around the world.
In 2021, artist Salty Xi Jie Ng edited and published STREET FOUND, a book of Roy's writing and images. An event of the same name was organised on the final night of operations of the original Substation.
Roy has not busked since the pandemic hit.
Note: Roy is no longer affiliated with Heart Neu Circus. Any information that suggests otherwise may constitute false representation.
Copyright Roy Payamal 2021