Leo Hee Tong

b. 1940


Leo Hee Tong | 梁其栋 (b. 1940, Singapore) is a second generation painter. Leo attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1957 to 1960), where he was mentored by Cheong Soo Pieng, who encouraged him to experiment with complex colour relationships and the dynamics of composition. After graduation, Leo worked at the People’s Association, where he won a scholarship in 1973 to study fine art at the Ashiya Art College in Japan (1973 to 1974). Here, he was exposed to the works of the Post Impressionists and the Modern artists. He tried to further develop his own style to incorporate Western abstract and Cubist elements.

Leo has been recognised for his work through numerous awards. Amongst others, he received nine Distinction awards at the UOB Painting of the Year (1982 to1986, 1988 and 1992 to1994). He is a four-time winner of the Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society (1983, 1987, 1994 and 2005).

Leo has shown in many exhibitions in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America. His solo exhibitions include Expressions of Time at the National Museum Art Gallery (1992) and group exhibitions include the Inaugural Exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery (1976), Modern Art Mobile Exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (1985 to 1986), Artistes Contemporains de Singapour at the Grand Palais in Paris (1988), Singapore Artists Speak Art Exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery (1990), Change - 20 Singapore Artists Art Exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery (1991) and the Asian International Art Exhibition at the Tagawa Museum of Art (1992, Tagawa, Japan).

Leo’s works have been collected by Singtel, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Arts Council, the Istana, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Trade Development Board, Singapore Airlines Ltd, National Library of Singapore and the Fukuoka Cultural Foundation (Japan).