Chang Yoong Chia

CHANG YOONG CHIA (b.1975, Kuala Lumpur) graduated in 1996 from the Malaysian Institute of Art, where he majored in painting. He uses personal narrative and memory as a subjective space to explore the imaginative possibilities of painting and object-making. Chang held his first solo exhibition, Flora and Fauna in 2004, building on this series of autobiographical paintings and drawings to produce Flora and Fauna II in 2008 and Flora and Fauna III in 2009. A new body of works made from postage stamps collected by the artist since childhood was shown in The World is Flat in 2011 in Singapore, and the title work earned Chang a place as finalist in the prestigious APB Signature Prize that year. This was followed by The Immortal Beloved in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Body of Water in 2016 in Tokyo, and Second Life in Sapporo in 2017. Important international group participations have included the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005), Welcome to the Jungle (Yokohama Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, 2013), Journey (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2014), and Open Sea (Musée d’Art Contemporain du Lyon, 2015).