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  CHONG SIEW YING (b. 1969, Kuala Lumpur) left Malaysia for France in 1990 to pursue her studies in Fine Art. There, she enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts de Versailles and later at the Parisian printmaking centre, Atelier63. Returning to Malaysia in 1998, she held her first solo show in Kuala Lumpur in the same year. From 2000 - 2001, she travelled to the United States of America where she spent 7 months in New York City and 2 months at the Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont. She returned to Paris in 2001 and travelled back and forth between Paris and Kuala Lumpur until 2011. She has since moved back permanently to Kuala Lumpur. Her career has spanned a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Asia, as well as across Europe and the USA.

Chong Siew Ying’s practice is grounded in both Eastern and Western painterly sensibilities. Although well known for her dynamic gestural brush strokes and expressive compositions, she continues to develop new techniques and approaches to subject matter to explore painting as a distinct form of visual poetry. A lyrical and elegant painter, her work is profoundly emotive, embracing broad themes such as nature, human sentiments, as well as referencing on literary themes and concepts. As a restless and curious artist, travel continue to be an important influence on her practice. A true voyageur, she has undertaken epic journeys overland from Europe to Asia, absorbing and patiently observing the diverse cultures and landscapes along the way. Emerging from her work is therefore a complex understanding of place, expressed through the perennial theme of human connection, homeland and belonging. 


SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2014 CRYING WITH TREES, The Edge Gallerie, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012 NEW WORKS BY CHONG SIEW YING, Valentine Willie Fine Art at ART HK12, Hong Kong
2011 INFINITY, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
2010 IDYLLE (Part II), Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France
2009 FRAME OF MIND, Ernst & Young Asian Art Outreach Exhibition, Singapore
2008 IDYLLE, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 CHONG SIEW YING, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA
2006 CHONG SIEW YING, Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France
2006 MANY SPLENDOURED THINGS, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 MIRROR’S EDGE, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
2002 GOING AWAY COMING HOME, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1998 96/97, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 ART @ WHITEAWAYS, Georgetown Festival 2013, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
2013 MIND-SCAPE, 3812 Contemporary Art Projects, Hong Kong
2012 PANORAMA: RECENT ART FROM CONTEMPORARY ASIA, Singapore Art Museum,
Singapore
2012 KEMBARA JIWA: CONCEPTION IN RECONCILIATION, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Taman Budaya Yogyakarta , Indonesia / Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
2012 FLOATED, Kendra Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
2007 3-MAN SHOW AT SCOPE MIAMI-Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Miami, USA
2007 JEJAK, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
2005 THE SOVEREIGN ASIAN ART PRIZE finalist exhibition, Hong Kong
2004 FOOTSTEPS, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2003 OF SHADOWS AND IMAGES, Kunst Museum, Malmo, Sweden / Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain / Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
2002 THE YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES AWARD, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002 LAUGHTER: Works by Chong Siew Ying and Noor Mahnum Mohd, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore
2000 5th RIMBUN DAHAN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EXHIBITION: Rimbun Dahan, Kuang,
Malaysia
1999 THROUGH OUR EYES, Gallery Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1999 9th INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF PRINT AND DRAWING EXHIBITION, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan
1997 4th TRIENNALE MONDIALE D’ESTAMPES CONTEMPORAIN, Chamalieres, France
1996 TRACE 96, 5th Biennale International Contemporary Prints, Paris, France
1993 BIENALLE DE MAASTRICHT, Maastricht, Holland


RESIDENCIES

2012 ASIAN ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM, Gwangju Cultural Foundation, Gwangju
Metropolitan City, South Korea
2001 FREEMAN ASIAN ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARD, Artist In Residence at The Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA
1999-2000 THE RIMBUN DAHAN RESIDENCY PROGRAM, Kuang, Selangor, Malaysia


BIBLIOGRAPHY

BOOKS

CHONG SIEW YING monologue, published by VWFA, Kuala Lumpur. 2008

WORKING, published by ROGUEART, Kuala Lumpur. 2010

EXHIBITION PUBLICATIONS

MIND-SCAPE: Exploring the eternity of Chinese contemporary painting. 3812 Contemporary Art Projects , Hong Kong. 2013

FLOATED: Malaysian Contemporary Artists Exhibition. Kendra Gallery, Bali, Indonesia. 2012

Chong Siew Ying: INFINITY. Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore. 2011

TANAH AYER: Malaysian Stories from the Land ( exhibition at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia ). VWFA. 2011

Chong Siew Ying: FRAME OF MIND. Ernst & Young Singapore, Sinagapore. 2009

JEJAK: Contemporary Art From Malaysia ( exhibition at Galeri Nasional, Jakarta ).National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. 2007

Chong Siew Ying: MANY SPLENDOURED THINGS. Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. 2006

FOOTSTEPS. National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. 2004

Chong Siew Ying: MIRROR'S EDGE, New Paintings 2003-04 (exhibition at the Substation Gallery, Singapore ). Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. 2004

Of Shadows and Images : Visual art from Malaysia ( traveling exhibition to Malmo Kunstmuseum , Sweden and Circulo de Bellas Artes , Madrid, Spain ). National Art Gallery, Kuala lumpur. 2003

Chong Siew Ying: GOING AWAY, COMING HOME. Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. 2002

Chong Siew Ying, Rimbun Dahan Residency, Kuang . Selangor. 2000

 
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