Teo Kim Liong

b. 1938


Teo Kim Liong | 张金隆 (b. 1938, Johor, Malaysia) is an oil painter who depicts landscape, portrait, figure and still-life works in realistic and impressionist styles. Teo typically executes quick sketches of his subjects on the spot and completes them in his studio.

Teo was trained in Western art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1954 to 1956) and subsequently in physics at the University of Singapore (1961 to 1964). He worked with the government, and then as a computer engineer at IBM for almost 30 years before returning to full-time art practice in 1994. After completing his assignment as Research Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1994 to 1995), Teo moved to London, completing a Master of Fine Art in Painting degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1996 to 1998). In addition, Teo has had several artist residencies in Europe, the United States of America and Canada, which include the Cité Internationale des Arts (1999, Paris), St Norbert Arts Centre (2000, Manitoba) and the Estonian Artists’ Association (2002, Estonia).

Teo won the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award from the Singapore Art Society in 2010. He has held many solo and group exhibitions locally and worldwide. His works are in the collections of Singtel, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and other public and private organisations.