TAN PUAY TEE 陈培智
Born in Muar, Johor in 1935, Tan Puay Tee is a talented self-taught artist skilled in a wide range of medium including oil painting, Chinese painting, and even woodblock prints. Like his father and elder brother, Tan has this love to draw since young. As a teenager, his teachers at school had honed his drawing skills and stimulated his passion to pursue an artistic career.
After graduation, financial constraints led him to a tough road as a self-taught artist, in which he has not only persisted but also established himself as a successful artist.
Tan has participated in exhibitions at the Malaysia National Art Gallery as well as the National Art Gallery’s Annual Art Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. His works were selected for the “Contemporary Art in Asia” exhibition and the “Salon Malaysia” art exhibition in the 1960s.
Tan held most of his solo exhibitions in his hometown Muar, but also organised solo exhibitions “A Series of Stories. A Symphony of Life” in Singapore (2002) and “Life. Bitter” at Younie Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2012). His collectors include the Malaysia National Art Gallery, Malaysian and Singaporean private collectors.