Zulkarnaini Rustam was born in Padang on 1st January 1969, West Sumatra, Indonesia. He started to learn about art formally from Senior High School of Art Padang in 1985 and graduated in 1989. And then continue his study in Indonesian Institute of Art Yogyakarta in 1990 and graduated in 1996. He became finalist of some painting competitions such as Jakarta Art Award III (2010), Indonesia Indofood Art Award (2013) Philip-Morris Indonesia Art Awards ( in 2013, 2000, 1998, 1997, and 1995).
He works on paintings, mix media art, and video art as well. He is interested on nature, forests and the environment issues with a variety of phenomenon. His artworks present abstraction, exploration of colors and composition as well calligraphy. Colorful lines series of his works of art he addresses to represent abstracted image of nature, feelings and his spirituality.