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YEO Tze Yang (b. 1994, Singapore) is a visual artist with a primary focus on representational painting. He was conferred the Silver Award, UOB Painting of the Year in 2016. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in Southeast Asian Studies in 2019.
Tze Yang makes art about the human experience through depictions of the unnoticed; observing people, places and objects in his immediate surroundings. A self-taught painter, he allows his ideas to emerge self-reflexively with the focus on “getting the work done” first.
As a painter of daily life, Tze Yang takes his cues from art movements like Realism in painting, film, photography and literature. The artist sees his practice as an opportunity to explore, question and toy with the orthodoxies and expectations of him as a figurative painter.
Painting is the trunk of the tree that is Tze Yang's artistic practice, from which he branches into non-painting mediums such as electronic media and writing. 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 extensively in Singapore, including The Substation, The National University of Singapore, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and has shown regionally in Malaysia, The Philippines and Indonesia. His works are part of the National University of Singapore collection and the UOB collection as well as private collections in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Presently, Tze Yang is represented by FOST Gallery in Singapore. He also runs a social initiative and podcast with his friends called LOOKING DIFFERENT/LY: Conversations on Diversity and Difference in Singapore.
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