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Famous Artists from Singapore

List of the most popular artists from Singapore, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Singaporean artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Singaporean artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Jang and Kev and Han Sai Por are only the beginning of the artists on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Singapore?" and "Who are the most well-known Singaporean artists?"

For further information on these historic Singaporean artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Singaporean artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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  • Life by the River, Adjusting the Waistband

    Age110

    BirthplaceFujian, China

    Liu Kang (Chinese: liu kayng; pinyin: Liú Kàng) was a Singaporean artist known for his Balinese-themed figurative paintings. He was a founding member of the Singapore Art Society, and was credited  ...more
  • Chua Ek Kay (Chinese: 蔡逸溪; pinyin: Cài Yìxī) (1947 – 8 February 2008) was a Singaporean artist hailed as the "bridge between Asian and Western art" with a unique painting style using Chinese ink on  ...more
  • In the Village, Kayan Ladies

    AgeDec. at 66 (1917-1983)

    BirthplaceXiamen, China

    Associated periods or movementsModernism

    Cheong Soo Pieng (simplified Chinese: 钟泗宾; traditional Chinese: 鍾泗賓; pinyin: Zhōng Sì Bīn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tsing Sì-pin) was a Singaporean artist who was a pioneer of the Nanyang art style, and a driving  ...more
  • Still Life with Cut Apple and Orange, Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

    Age115

    BirthplaceChina

    Associated periods or movementsPost-Impressionism

    Georgette Chen, born Chang Li Ying (Chinese: 张荔英; pinyin: Zhāng LìYīng) was a Singaporean painter known for her Post-Impressionistic styled oil paintings at the turn of the 20th-century. She was a  ...more
  • Axe, Tiger's Whip

    Age78

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    Tang Da Wu (Chinese: 唐大雾; pinyin: Táng Dàwù, pronounced [tʰɑ̌ŋ tâ.û]; born 1943) is a Singaporean artist who works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and  ...more
  • Wealth, Freedom Child

    AgeDec. at 67 (1934-2001)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Ng Eng Teng (Chinese: 黄荣庭; pinyin: Huáng Róngtíng; 12 July 1934 – 4 November 2001), The Grandfather of Singapore Sculpture was a sculptor in Singapore known for his figurative sculptures, many of  ...more
  • Composition, Riot

    AgeDec. at 69 (1893-1963)

    BirthplaceXiamen, China

    Lim Hak Tai (simplified Chinese: 林学大; traditional Chinese: 林學大; pinyin: Lín Xué Dà; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Ha̍k-tāi) was one of Singapore's pioneer artist at the turn of the 20th century, and was the person  ...more
  • The Book of Influence, Pathless Forest

    Age64

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Lee Wen (Chinese: 李文; pinyin: Lǐ Wén; 1957–2019) was a Singapore-based performance artist who shaped the development of performance art in Asia. He worked on the notion of identity, ethnicity,  ...more
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  • Mother Hen with Chicks, Gibbons

    Age115

    BirthplaceGuangdong Province, China

    Chen Wen Hsi (simplified Chinese: 陈文希; traditional Chinese: 陳文希; pinyin: Chén Wénxī; 1906–1991) was a Chinese-born Singaporean artist, known for his avant-garde Chinese paintings.  ...more
  • Lin Hsin Hsin (Chinese: 林欣欣; pinyin: Lín Xīn Xīn) is an IT inventor, artist, poet and composer from Singapore, deeply rooted in mathematics and information technology. She established the first  ...more
  • Choy Weng Yang (simplified Chinese: 蔡荣恩; traditional Chinese: 蔡榮恩; pinyin: Cài Róng Ēn) is a Singaporean artist, curator and arts writer and a proponent of the art fraternity in post-independent  ...more
  • Rochor Morning Market, Setting Shop

    Age98

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Lim Tze Peng (Chinese: 林子平; pinyin: Lín Zǐ Píng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Tsí-pîng) is a Singaporean artist who is a teacher by training and profession. He was awarded a Cultural Medallion in 2003 in  ...more
  • 20 Tonnes, Growth by Medium: Marble

    Age78

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Han Sai Por (simplified Chinese: 韩少芙; traditional Chinese: 韓少芙; pinyin: Hán Shào Fú; born 19 July 1943) is a Singaporean sculptor. A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), East Ham  ...more
  • Chen Chong Swee (simplified Chinese: 陈宗瑞; traditional Chinese: 陳宗瑞; pinyin: Chén Zōng Ruì) was a Singaporean watercolourist belonging to the pioneer generation of artists espousing the Nanyang-styled  ...more
  • Anthony Poon Kin Soon (simplified Chinese: 方谨顺; traditional Chinese: 方謹順; pinyin: Fāng Jǐn Shùn; 21 April 1945 - 2 September 2006) was one of the pioneer abstract artists in Singapore best known for  ...more
  • Lim Cheng Hoe (Chinese: 林清河; pinyin: Lín Qīng Hé; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Tshing-hô) was a watercolourist recognized as one of the key pioneer artists in Singapore, along with his peers like Cheong Soo Pieng  ...more
  • Stall Bali, Heart of Kathmandu

    Age76

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Ong Kim Seng (Chinese: 王金成; pinyin: Wáng Jīnchéng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ông Kim-sîng), was born in Singapore and has been a full-time artist since 1985. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions at  ...more
  • Ho Ho Ying (Chinese: 何和应; pinyin: Hé Héyīng) is a Singaporean abstract artist known for his avant-garde Chinese calligraphy and his Abstract Expressionistic works of art unique to Asian ideology. He  ...more
  • Yip Cheong Fun (Chinese: 叶畅芬; pinyin: Yè Chàngfēn; 1903 – 16 September 1989) was an influential Singaporean documentary photographer, best known for his photograph "Rowing at Dawn", which was taken  ...more
  • Chong Fah Cheong (simplified Chinese: 张华昌; traditional Chinese: 張華昌; pinyin: Zhāng Huá Chāng) is a Singaporean sculptor known for many public sculptures in Singapore. Though he worked in a variety of  ...more
  • Scent of Morning II, Morning Chat

    Age50

    BirthplaceJohor, Malaysia

    Ng Woon Lam ( 黄运南 ) is a full member of National Watercolor Society NWS and American Watercolor Society.He showed in National Watercolor Society eightieth and eighty-second international exhibition,  ...more
  • Namiko Chan Takahashi (Chinese: 陈高桥洋子; born 1975) is a Singaporean painter.  ...more
  • Russel Wong (Chinese: 黄国基; pinyin: Huáng Guójī, born 1961) is a Singapore-born Hollywood celebrity photographer.  ...more
  • Tan Swie Hian (simplified Chinese: 陈瑞献; traditional Chinese: 陳瑞獻; pinyin: Chén Ruì Xiàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Suī-hiàn) is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist known for his contemporary Chinese  ...more