Singapore | 1946

Nai Swee Leng has been passionate about painting since his childhood days and his passion led him to explore art, particularly fine arts with various respectable art teachers. In his foundational years at painting, Swee Leng benefited from the teaching of the late Mr Fan Chang Qian, a Wu-style artist renowned for his paintings of orchids and bamboo. The latter has great influence in shaping Swee Leng’s art career in the years that came. After Nai graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he continued to learn and practiced under many eastern and western masters of great skills and techniques. Of significance, was his mentorship under the late Professor Chao Shao-An, a renowned Lingnan-style master based in HongKong. Equipped with rich and concrete fundamentals, Swee Leng developed his individual unique style over the years. He is most widely known for his Chinese ink paintings with especially sturdy intriguing strokes and tranquil beautiful compositions. The tasteful depth, coupled with simplistic regal grace, embodies that traditional authenticity in Swee Leng’s Chinese artworks, which is highly commended by many around the world. Swee Leng has held many solo and group Exhibitions in Singapore and overseas, and has been recognized in the Asia art realm as a master in Chinese ink paintings of bamboo, birds and flowers.


1966    Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

            Founding member of Molan Art Association

            Committee member of Society of Chinese Artists (1966 – 1992)

2005    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Singapore Siaw-Tao Seal Carving and Calligraphy Art Society


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007    Solo Art Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia

1993    Solo Art Exhibition at National Museum, Singapore

Selected Exhibitions

2014    Nanyang Visionaries, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore 

2013    Exhibition by the Masters in the Hometown of Huangdi, Zhengzhou City, Henan, China

2012    Living with Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore

Molan Art Association 45 th Anniversary Art Exhibition, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

2010    Art Exhibition to celebrate 20 th Anniversary of establishment in diplomatic ties between Singapore and China, Shanghai, China

2008    Artworks selected for cultural demonstration and exhibition at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies (Prince of Songkhla University Pattani Campus), Thailand

2000    Singapore and New York 10 Masters Art Exhibition

1995        Nai Swee Leng, William Lai, Lye Swee Kun – Three Men Art Exhibition in Weybridge Museum, London, England

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