Hometown: Sungai Petani
Lives and Works: Malaysia
Choy Chun Wei was born in Sungai Petani, West Malaysia in 1973. He is trained in graphic design, and graduated with honours (second upper) under a full scholarship at Central St. Martin’s College in London in 1998. Since graduating he has been practicing art and has lectured at various art colleges and universities in Malaysia. Along with his wife Yau Bee Ling, Chun Wei has been involved in providing art workshops for children with special needs through the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He has also participated in various workshops and conferences in the field of art and design.
In 2003 he received an Honorable Mention at the Malaysian Phillip Morris Art Awards, and in 2004 he received the Juror’s Prize at the Malaysian Young Contemporary Art Exhibition. In 2005 he was awarded the Rimbun Dahan Artist-in Residence placement, where he spent the year developing a new series of paintings on cartography and mental maps. In 2007 Chun Wei had his first solo exhibition at Wei-Ling Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and in 2008, he was awarded the 2007/2008 Asian Artist Fellowship by the Freeman Foundation for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States. At the end of 2008, two of his unconventional and challenging mixed media and collage paintings were collected by National Art Gallery as part of their permanent collection.
He was the only Malaysian artist to be accorded a solo exhibition at ART Basel Hong Kong in 2014 with his Human Landscape project.
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