Born in 1927, second-generation Singapore female artist Chen Cheng Mei is known for her vivid coloured oil paintings and original spontaneous prints. A 1954 NAFA graduate, Chen majored in Western painting and was mentored by Cheong Soo Pieng and Lim Hak Tai. Eager to improve her line-works, Chen also studied Chinese calligraphy under Chui Ta Tee. From the 1960s to 70s, Chen was one of the pioneers of the Ten-Men Art Group and travelled widely to primitive locations to gather inspiration.
Joie de Vivre showcases a collection of over 250 works in oils, prints and sketches spanning from 1954 to 2005. An essay by Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries, NAFA, on the life and art of Chen, is included in this title.