Cristene Chang Hoei (1942 - )
Born in Indonesia, Cristene Chang Hoei received her art education in the 1980s at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, where she obtained a Diploma in Art Education and studied Chinese brush painting under the tutelage of late pioneer finger painter, Wu Tsai Yen. Chang went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art at Middlesex University, London in 1996 where she majored in printmaking. A mixed media artist, Cristene is known for rich layering skills, combining painting traditions and printmaking techniques to create abstract hand-pulled mono-prints of nature motifs. Often guided by literary texts, and ideas of terrain, memory and time, Chang’s works presents in pictorial form, sensory elements that are beyond the visual.
Her accolades include the First Prize Ray Fawcett Award, London UK in 1995, Honorary Mention, Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award and First Prize, Tan Tsze Chor Award (Abstract Category) in 2003 and Bronze Award, UOB Painting of the Year in 2014. Chang’s practice has also been featured on broadcast media in 2007 under the television series, The Travelling Palette. Chang plays an active role in the Singapore Printmaking Society and has took on various positions, including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and Honorary Advisor since the year 2000.