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Born 1917, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.
"When the story of art in Singapore is finally told, Cheong Soo Pieng will assume a pre-eminent stature... he will emerge as a formative presence in accounts of modern art in South-East Asia as a whole."
- T.K. Sabapathy
1933 - 1935
Studies at the Xiamen Academy of Fine Arts.
Furthers his studies at the Xin Hua Academy of Fine Arts.
Studies disrupted by the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War.
Holds solo exhibition in China.
Leaves China, spends time in Hong Kong and Macau.
Arrives in Singapore.
Starts to teach at NAFA.
Lectures part-time at Chinese High School.
Travels to Bali with fellow artists Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee and Liu Kang.
Watershed exhibition of works from the Bali trip.
Features in the inaugural issue of the SAS journal The Singapore Artist.
Soo Pieng's wife and two sons arrive in Singapore from Xiamen.
Holds his first solo exhibitions in Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Travels to Sarawak where he makes many sketches.
Becomes a full-time artist.
1961 - 1963
Travels to London and Europe. Solo exhibitions in London, Munich, Glasgow, Dublin, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.
Commission by the Tourist Promotion Board to produce his largest work representing the country's cultural diversity.
Opens a studio on Zion Road where he conducts private lessons.
Exhibits works at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Dublin and Glasgow.
Metal reliefs shown at the First Sculpture Exhibition, a pivotal event for sculpture in Singapore as the name suggests.
Solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, in honour of his 50th birthday.
Exhibits metal reliefs at the Second Sculpture Exhibition.
Mother and Daughter, an oil painting, is nominated for a United Nations postage design.
Mother and Daughter is made into a UNESCO first day cover, the first time this honour was bestowed on an artist from Singapore.
Returns to Bali to gather new inspiration.
Died of heart failure in July.
Retrospective exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore held in November.
(Source: excerpt from
Wei Wei Yeo, with Yu Jin Seng & Grace Tng. Cheong Soo Pieng: Visions of Southeast Asia. Singapore: The National Art Gallery, 2010.)