. Wong Hoy Cheong

Home: 345-E, Keranji Apartments
Jalan SS19/3A
47500 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, MALAYSIA
Studio: 9, Pusat Perikanan
Jalan Kolam Air
44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu
Selangor, MALAYSIA
Tel/Fax: (603) 736-5934
E-mail: wonghc@ppp.nasionet.net

Wong Hoy Cheong was born in 1960, Penang, Malaysia. He has previously taught painting and drawing at The London Institute / Bandar Utama College, Malaysian Institute of Art and University of Massachusetts, USA. He was Artist-in-Residence (1992) at Canberra Institute of Art, Australian National University, Visiting Tutor (1998) at Central St. Martins, London, and Visiting Fellow at Goldsmith College, University of London. He is presently teaching at Center for Advanced Design campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

His work in the 1990's has been inter-disciplinary, involving areas such as drawing, installation, video, performance, and theatre. His recent works have explored the linkages in the social history and migration of people, plants and text; touching on issues of authenticity and transformation of identities.

1986 MASTER OF FINE ARTS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
1984 MASTER IN EDUCATION, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1982 BACHELOR OF ARTS (Magna cum Laude with Honors), Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Solo Exhibitions
1996 Of Migrants and Rubber Trees: Drawings and Installations, Creative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1991 Selected Paintings and Drawings 1982-1991, The Gallery, TheatreWorks, Fort Canning Centre, Singapore
1986 New Works, New York University, New York City, USA
In Search of Faraway Places, Herter Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
1999 Time for Tea, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia babel, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Cities on the Move 5, Hayward Gallery, London, and commissioned work atHabitat, Tottemham Court Road, London, United Kingdom
1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Cities on the Move 4, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and Museum in Progress, Vienna in Der Standard
1998 Schools: Textual Works, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cities On The Move 2, CapcMusee díart Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Rupa Malaysia, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
1997 Cities On The Move, The Secession, Vienna, Austria
Art in Southeast Asia: Glimpses into the Future, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo & Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
1996 Imagining the Contemporary Body: Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore, Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1995 Visions of Happiness: 10 Contemporary Asian Artists, Japan Forum Gallery, Tokyo
1994 War Box, Lalang, Killing Tools, Creative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Vision and Idea: ReLooking Modern Malaysian Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1993 What About Converging Extremes?, GaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur
1992 New Art from Southeast Asia (travelling exhibition), Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Kirin Plaza, Osaka.
Artistsí Regional Exchange, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art / Lawrence Wilson Gallery
Perth, Australia
1991 ASEAN Travelling Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Jakarta, Indonesia; Bandar Seri, Begawan, Brunei; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand
1990 Artistsí Call, GaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur
1988 Contemporary Malaysia Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasedena, California, USA
1987 30 Years of Malaysian Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Invitational Exhibition, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Young Contemporary, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1986 Annual Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Young American Artists, Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin and Bogota,
1983 Open Studios, Artistsí West Association, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Video / Film / Art Festivals
Sook Ching (Purification By Elimination):
An Experimental Documentary on the Japanese Occupation in Malaya
(VHS-PAL, 27 minutes)
1993 Artistsí General Assembly, 5th Passage Contemporary Art Space, Singapore
1992 New Art from Southeast Asia, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka Adelaide Arts Festival
Adelaide, Australia
1991 Singapore International Film Festival (Fringe), Singapore
1990 First International Video Arts Festival, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Performance / Theatre
1997 Family, Co-director of a site-specific visual-performance in an old family mansion of a text by Leow Puay Tin.
1996 A Bunch of Bananas, Performed in a Theatre-in-Education project for High Schools
A Modern Woman, Co-director of a text written by Leow Puay Tin for the Cairo International Theatre, Eygpt
1994 Lalang, A two part installation using ëlalangí (Imperata cylindrica, an indigenous weed) as a cultural, historical and political metaphor. Three performances in conjunction with installation: spraying of weed killer, cutting and burning of lalang a returfing the lawn, Creative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1993 Anak Semua Bangsa (Child of all Nations), A audience-centered performance on the problems of ethnicity and identity, Galeri Wan, Kuala Lumpur
1991 Alter Art, A presentation of six pieces of multi-media installations and performances in collaboration with artists Kungyu Liew, Raja Shahriman and dancer/choreographer Marion DíCruz., TheatreWorks, Fort Canning Centre, Singapore1990
Sook Ching, A multi-media presentation of video, performance, painting and dialogue with Marion DíCruz and Dancers at the International Video Art Festival., National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Swan Song, As ëthe artistí in a performance on the last seven hours of a prostituteís life based on a poem by WS Rendra with Marion DíCruz and Dancers at the 5th International Dance Conference., Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong

Selected Bibliography
Bonani,Francesco & Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Dreams Fondazine Sandretto Re Rebaudengo PerLílatre: Torino, 1999
Clark, John, Modern Asian Art, Craftsman House:Sydney 1998
Turner, Caroline (ed.), Tradition and Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and Pacific, University of Queensland Press: Brisbane, 1993; pp 11-12, 67-68, 70
Sabapathy, Kanaga (ed.), Vision & Idea: ReLooking Malaysia Art, National Art Gallery: Kuala Lumpur, 1994; pp 6-7, 56, 95-96, 113-114, 200
van Fenema, Joyce (ed.), Southeast Asian Art Today, Roeder Publications:Sigapore, 1996, pp 63-64, 102-107

The Museum in Progress Video Archive, Vienna, Austria (1997)
Voices of Asia, NHK, Tokyo, Japan (1992)

Journals / Magazines
Time Out, May 12-19, 1999, 'Asian Gracefully', Sarah Kent
Asiaweek, Feb 5 1999, 'Leaders for the Millenium', Sangwon Suh and Santhi Oorjitham
Far Eastern Economic Review, July 31, 1997, 'The Fifith Column: Pretty Pictures, Bad Art', Laura Fan
Art Asia Pacific (Sydney), Fall 1997, 'A Contoversy of Silence', Laura Fan
Art in America (USA), June 1997, 'Report for Australia: Pacific Rim Future', Judith E. Stein
Asia Magazine (Hong Kong), Mar 21-23, 1997, Vol.35 M12 'Man of Many Worlds', Roland Takeshi
Asian Art News (Hong Kong), Vol 6, No 5, Sep/Oct 1996, pp 59-61 'The Social Narrative', Ian Findlay Brown
Art Asia Pacific (Sydney), Vol 1, No 2, 1994, pp 67-72 'The Indiscreet Charm of Wong Hoy Cheong: Politics vs. aesthetics in the work of Malaysia's foremost political artist', Karim Raslan
Asian Art News(Hong Kong), Vol 4, No 1, Jan/Feb 1994, pp 42-47 'Looking for a New National Direction', Karim Raslan
TIME (Australian Ed.), No 14, Apr 5 1993, pp 46-47 'Big Picture Diplomacy', James Button
Asian Art News, Nov/Dec 1992, pp 82-83 'New Art from Southeast Asia at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Spaceí, Maggie Pai
Photofile (Sydney), No 35, May 1992 'Talking about Technologies', Colin Hood
Art Monthly (Canberra), No 49, May 1992 'Over Arching Concerns...', Julie Ewington
Art Monthly, No 48, Apr 1992 'Adelaide Festival: Artists' Week', Stephanie Radok
Afterimage (USA), April 1991 'Malaysiaís Video Quarantine', Ray Langenbach
New Straits Times Annual, 1988 'Artist of the underdog', Ooi Kok Chuen

Exhibition Catalogues
Cities On The Move, Hayward Gallery, London, 1999 'Cities on the Move' Hou H R and H. U. Obrist,
Imaging The Contemporary Body, Valentine Wiilie Fine Art: Kuala Lumpur, 1996
'Imagining the Comtemporary Body', Laura Fan
The Asia-Pacific Triennial 1996, Queensland Art Gallery:Brisbane, 1996 'Five Malaysian
Artists', Simon Elliot, 'Wong Hoy Cheong', Krishen Jit
Of Migrants and Rubber Trees, Five Arts Centre/Valentine Willie Fine Art: K.L., 1996
'Wong Hoy Cheong', Valentine Willie, 'Wong Hoy Cheong - from Urban Guerilla to Country Farmer', Karim Raslan, 'In Conversation...', Ray Langenbach Visions of Happiness; Ten Asian contemporary Artists, Japan Foundation:Tokyo, 1995, 'Visions of Happiness', Shimizu Toshio
War Box, Lalang, Killing Tools, Five Arts Centre:Kuala Lumpur, 1994, 'Introduction' & 'Wong Hoy Cheong's "Radical" Garden', Ray Lagenbach
New Art from Southeast Asia, Fukuoka Art Museum:Fukuoka,1992, 'The Labyrinthine Search for Self-Identity...', Masahiro Ushiroshoji
Wong Hoy Cheong: Selected Paintings & Drawings 1982-91, GaleriWan: Kuala Lumpur,1991. 'Introduction', Krishen Jit; 'The Search of Hoy Cheong',Edmundo Desnoes;'Painting into Video: Memories of Malaysia', Ray Langenbach;'An Artist Finds His Voice', Tan Joo Lee.
Contemporary Malaysian Art, National Art Gallery/Asia Pacific Museum: Kuala Lumpur,1988. 'Introduction', Syed Ahmad Jamal

Newspapers / Tabloids
'Postcards, thumbprints and the odure of things', Sharon The, The Independent, London, 6 May 1999
'Facing up to realities of migration', J. Anu, Sunday Star, Jul 28 1996
'Paintings trace migrant roots', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Aug 1996
'Provocative show by three artists', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Oct 31 1994
'Tribute to a resilient weed', J. Anu, Sunday Star, Oct 16 1994
'Thereís art in growing lalang', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Sep 3 1994
'Works with blatant feelings of angst', Lida Geh, Sunday Star, Jan 24 1993
'Converging extreme art forms on show', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Jan 21 1993
'Sook Ching goes to Hiroshima', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Oct 16 1992
'Sign of new orientation', Martin Thomas, Sydney Morning Herald, May 13 1992
'I tossed a maggot in the air...', Angela Bennie, Sydney Morning Herald, Mar 21 1992
'Across the Eastern divide', John Emery, The Advertiser (Adelaide), Mar 11 1992
'Depicting nouveau riche on canvas', Lida Geh, Sunday Star, Nov 3 1991
'Expressive figures', K. Sabapathy, The Straits Times (Singapore), Oct 15 1992
'Sook Ching video for film festival', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Mar 12 1991
'Shadow of the scissors', Mansor Puteh, Sunday Star, Nov 11 1990
'Eye-opening video festival marred...', Ray Langenbach, New Straits Times, Nov 11 1991
'Artform for the senses', Anne Marie Chandy, The Star, Oct 29 1990
'Enacting a past horror', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Oct 28 1990
'Competing mediums of Sook Ching', Carmen Nge, New Straits Times, Oct 20 1990
'Protest in art', Ahmad Fauzi & Joan Lau, New Sunday Times, Jan 21 1990
'One big protest', Delia Paul, The Star, Jan 8 1990
'Artist drawn to outsiders', Ooi Kok Chuen, New Straits Times, Aug 4 1987
'Drawing inspiration...', Lauren Otis, ArtSpeak(New York City), Sep 15 1986
'Jovenes pintores...', Leah Lipton, Magazin Dominical (Columbia), Aug 13 1986
'Paintings of cultural estrangement', Bob Olsen, Circuit (Amherst), Feb 18 1985

1992 Outstanding Educator, Certificate of Recognition, Cornell University, USA
'Hoy Cheong Wong Scholarship' established for Cornell University undergraduates
Australian Cultural Award, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur
1987 Young Contemporary, Minor Award, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1982 Saltonstall Memorial Scholar, Harvard University, USA
1978-82 Fine Arts Scholarship, Brandeis University, USA

Public Collection
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Canberra Institute of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
KLM, Amsterdam, Netherlands
National Bank, Kuala Lumpur
Deutsche Bank, Kuala Lumpur

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