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Boo Sze Yang

 "A painting is a projection of the artist's thoughts and does not reflect reality. It is very much like a poem, you may recognise the words but can never fully comprehend the meaning when they are arranged together." 

  • Born 1965 in Singapore

  • Graduated with Diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), 1991

  • Completed Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, University of Reading, UK, 1995

  • Graduated with Master in Arts Degree, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, 2004


Boo Sze Yang is a distinguished artist who has amassed many awards throughout his practice. Boo works with a diverse range of subject matter in his paintings, ranging from mundane domestic objects to images of cars and airplanes crashing, derelict interiors of cathedrals and unpopulated chambers of shopping malls. Boo treats these banal objects, destructive scenes and modern architectural interiors as metaphors for the human condition, where he transforms them into symbols of contemporary life. He typically works with a restrained palette and alongside a loose, gestural painting technique, to emphasise the materiality of paint.

Boo also explores the portraiture, where he would blend his personal experiences with everyday social and political events to generate uncanny and idiosyncratic expressionistic portraitures, which serves as comical observations of everyday life.

Notable Awards ​

2022  Ngee Ann Artist of the Year, The 24th Ngee Ann National Teochew Artists' Exhibition

2017  Distinguished Alumni Medal 2017, NAFA, Singapore

2010  Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011, Freeman Foundation, USA

2009  Platinum Award. UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2009 

2003  Scholarship (MA Fine Art, UK) for teaching staff by NAFA

2003  Bursary Award (MA Fine Art, UK), National Arts Council Singapore

2003  Juror’s Choice. Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Awards 2003

2003  Certificate of Commendation. UOB 22nd Painting of the Year

2002  Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Founder’s Day Award Distinction Award. UOB 21st Painting of the Year

2001  Honourable mention. Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2021  Boo Sze Yang: Dancing with the Wolves, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

2018  Boo Sze Yang: The Mirage, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

2015  Boo Sze Yang: 29.03.15, iPreciation, Singapore

2014  Boo Sze Yang: The Father, iPreciation, Singapore

2012  Boo Sze Yang: AIR at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan 

2012  Sanctuary, Art at St Francis’, Melbourne, Australia

2012  The ExtraOrdinary, Chanhampe Galleries @Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

2012  The New Cathedral, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 & 2, Singapore

2011  Sanctuary, Red Mill gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

2010  Sanctuary, Utterly Art, Affordable Art Fair Singapore

2010  House of God II, Boo Sze Yang Art Studio at Old School. Singapore

2009  Boom!, Utterly Art. Singapore

2007  House of God, Utterly Art, Singapore

2006  Silence of the Canines, Utterly Art, Singapore

2005  In-Between, Style Cube Zandari, Seoul, South Korea

2005  The Space In-between, Utterly Art, Singapore

1996  Dilemma of Being, The Substation Art Gallery, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023  Harmony Across Horizons: A Cultural Tapestry of Traditions, Embassy of the Philippines Singapore, Olal’Art

2023  The Spatial, the Ephemeral, and the Possibility of It All | Boo Sze Yang, Milenko Prvački and Wong Keen, Artspace@Helutrans, artcommune gallery, Singapore

2022  The 24th Ngee Ann National Teochew Artists' Exhibition, NAFA, Singapore

2020  The Question of Form | Cheong Soo Pieng, Wong Keen and Boo Sze Yang, artcommune gallery, Singapore

2018  Motionless Boundary: Visions of Stillness, art from Singapore and Taiwan, Element Art Space, Singapore

2018  Painters, NAKATA MUSEUM Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan

2018  In the Cleft of the Rock, Pocket Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2018  Floating Urban Slime / Sublime. Art Gallery Miyauchi, Hiroshima, Japan

2017  The 2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, finalist exhibition, The Rotunda, Hong Kong

2017  DR/OP, Komyoji-Kaikan, Onomichi-shi Hiroshima, Japan

2015  Art Paris Art Fair 2015, Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, France

2015  Artists Imagine a Nation: SG50, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore

2014  100 Painters of Tomorrow, London Launch/Exhibition, Beers Contemporary, London

2014  Do You Believe in Angels? Mo_Space, Manila, Philippines

2013  Made in Singapore - Three Quarters of a Century, NAFA, Singapore

2013  The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision out of Image — Singapore Contemporary Art Exhibition, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2013  The 2012-13 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong

2011  26th Asian International Art Exhibition, Hangaram art Museum in Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea

2011  Art Melbourne. Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Australia

2009  The Royal Republic. Master Piper Gallery, London, UK

Artist Residencies

2012  Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2012  PointB Worklodge, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2011  Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA

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