Wong Miau Yong (1951 - )
Wong Miau Yong was born in 1951, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1972 and worked as a graphic designer for a few years before he went on a study tour to France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands in 1982 to expand his horizons. Inspired by what he saw, Wong developed an interest for modern art and was particularly fond of the smooth application of colours and brushstroke techniques. An environmentalist at heart, Wong knew, at the beginning of his artistic career, that his purpose in artmaking was to foster environmental awareness. Wong often embarked on field trips to immerse himself in the wonders of nature. While photographs, notes and sketches of his observations informs his work, Wong is a traditionalist – largely driven by his environment-friendly stance – who relies solely on paint and paintbrushes to create a multitude of effects that are often thought to be achieved by machine-aided means. Wong’s semi-abstract depictions of nature often employs Chinese and Western painting techniques as well as experimentation with colours and composition to push the boundaries of perception between what is real and imagined. Combined with Wong’s deep reverence and sensibility for his subject, his works have become abstract expressions of environmental messages. Wong is a member of the Malaysian Artists Association, Singapore Modern Art Society and Klang Art Society.