Koeh Sia Yong
Born in 1938 and having graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Koh Sia Yong has been an illustrator and artist for over fifty years. Known for his unique artistic style and excellent painting techniques, he is one of the most outstanding and highly collected artists in Singapore today. His work is highly exhibited and he is involved in the commercial development of art through magazines, art catalogues, political cartoons and such. The artist is most known for his oil painting depictions of rich culture scenes of Southeast Asia through bold and unrestrained brushstrokes.


Born in 1938 and having graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Koeh Sia Yong has played an influential role in the shaping of Singapore art. He is one of the pioneers clan of the second generation artists in Singapore. Apart from being an independent artist, Koeh also assumed other roles of an art editor working for children Art Magazine in the 70s, and also as a graphic designer and political cartoonist for Nanyang Business Newspaper in the 80s. 

Koeh’s artistic career spans over 50 years, and his unique and excellent painting techniques display an intimate blend of light and colour, making him one of the most outstanding and highly collected artists in Singapore today. He excels at capturing the ambiance of his subject with his realistic and expressive approaches. His paintings portray the rich culture scenes of Southeast Asia and its people, notably in Bali and Singapore, with bold, unrestrained brushstrokes.

Koeh has participated in many art exhibitions, locally and abroad. He has also successfully held many solo exhibitions and published two catalogues “Koeh Sia Yong Cartoons” and “Koeh Sia Yong’s Paintings”.  His works of art are sought after by many collectors , including MNCs, banks, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Gakkai Malaysia Art Museum, Fukuoka Art Museum Japan, universities and art connoisseurs.

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