'being human' # 5 : Chong Siew Ying

A Green Mountain Idyll
Oil on canvas / 200 x 300cm / 2014


Chong Siew Ying (b. 1969, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) left after her studies at PJ College of Art & Design, Selangor (1988-90) and lived in France for more than ten years. She enrolled at L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Versailles (1991-94) and later worked at international printmaking center Atelier 63 in Paris, while being an artist. Holding her first solo show in Kuala Lumpur upon her return to Malaysia (1998), she did several art residencies such as Rimbun Dahan, Selangor (1999) and Vermont Studio Centre in the United States (2001). The artist’s career has spanned twelve solo exhibitions besides numerous group exhibitions across Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. Diaspora and identity are recurring themes in her works, being born in a post-colonial multi-ethnic country and submersed in a multitude of languages and cultures at home and beyond. From human figure to landscape as subjects in oil on canvas, to monumental charcoal drawings on paper, they reveal intuitive impressions and expressions. Reveries, struggles, intimations within and without the artist, these renderings and gestural brush strokes share western and eastern ideals and encompassing universal human feelings and values.