Yeo Tze Yang (b. 1994, Singapore) is a visual artist with a primary interest in painting everyday life. He was conferred the Silver Award of UOB Painting of the Year in 2016, and graduated from the National University of Singapore as a Southeast Asian Studies major in 2019. A self taught painter, his paintings often depict the unnoticed and bypassed people, places and objects of his immediate surroundings. He is led primarily by emotion and instinct over concept and theory, bringing a more direct and emotive approach to his work. He allows his ideas to emerge self-reflexively and in hindsight over the long process of “getting the work done”.
Tze Yang's interest in Southeast Asian studies includes issues of race, nationalism and difference, especially in Malaysia and Singapore. His university dissertation was an ethnographic and oral historical study on issues of race, nationhood, modernity, collective memory and nostalgia, between Johor (Malaysia) and Singapore. Parallel to his artistic practice, Tze Yang is deeply interested in the intersection points between “big picture things” and the everyday lives of ordinary people.
The result of such a process is an accumulation of images, thoughts, emotions, stories and memories, that in turn become allegories of both the artist’s life and the stories that his audiences weave into his works.
Tze Yang's works have been exhibited across many venues in Singapore, including The Substation, iPreciation, Art Seasons, Art Stage (Singapore), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Art Agenda S.E.A., and has shown overseas in OUR ArtProjects in Malaysia and Art Informal in the Philippines.
His works are collected in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States and in the UOB collection.