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b. Negeri Sembilan, 1942

Artist Biography

Dr Cheah Thien Soong graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1962, where he was trained under Nanyang art pioneers such as Chen Wen Hsi, Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Chong Swee, and See Hiang To. In 2002, he was awarded a Doctorate of Art Philosophy at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Cheah served as a lecturer of Chinese ink painting at the Malaysia Institute of Art from 1990 until 2002. He is currently the President of Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society; Honorary Director of the Oriental Art and Cultural Association; Specially-Appointed Artist of Nanjing Calligraphy and Painting Academy, China; Advisor of Guangxi Art Society, China; Honorary Director of Nanyang Painting Academy and Honorary Director of Asian Art Association.

Since the 1960s, Cheah has held over 20 solo exhibitions in Malaysia and China. In 1993, he became the first Malaysian artist invited by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to present a solo show at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Nanjing Jiangsu Art Museum. In 2015, the National Art Gallery Malaysia launched his solo exhibition - “Cheah Thien Soong · Nanyang Ink Painting”, officiated by Ybhg. Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, the socio-cultural advisor to the Malaysian government. Other notable solos include shows at Guangxi Arts Institute, China (1994); Maybank Art Gallery, KL (1997); Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore (1997 & 2001); Cui Zifan Art Museum, China (1999); Shandong Art Museum, China (2012); and Edsvik Konsthall Gallery, Sweden (2012). His recent solo, "Cheah Thien Soong: Emerging Untainted - An Inspiration from the Lotus Sutra," was held at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Kuala Lumpur (2019).

Cheah has participated in numerous group shows across Malaysia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Singapore, and South Korea. Highlights include the National Art Gallery Malaysia (1963 & 1964); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which now holds his painting in its permanent collection (1988); Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur (1990); China Art Fair, Guangzhou (1993); Hong Kong Chinese Assembly Hall (1998); National Art Museum of China (2000); National Museum of Indonesia (2014); and Duo Yun Xuan Art Museum, Shanghai (2017). In 2013, Cheah received the “Salut 55” Honorary Award from the National Art Gallery Malaysia, and in 2019, he was featured on the Nasdaq billboard in Times Square, New York.

Abstract Wavy Object

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