1st & 2nd Generation Singaporean Artists

Cheong Soo Pieng

A pioneer of the Nanyang style of art, Cheong Soo Pieng was one of Singapore’s most innovative modern artists. Best known for his depictions of Malay or Balinese women with elongated arms, his works continue to be among the most-prized in Southeast Asia.

  • Born in Amoy, China in 1917.
  • Graduated from Xiamen Academy of Fine Art and did further studies at Sin Hwa Academy of Fine Art in Shanghai.
  • Relocated to Singapore in 1946 and taught at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Winner of the Meritorious Public Service Medal in 1962.