Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 - 1983) was a Singaporean artist who, together with Chen Wen Hsi, was a pioneer of the Nanyang art style.  He was also a driving force to the development of Modernism in Visual Art in the early 20th Century Singapore.  The Painter was known for his signature depiction of tribal people of Southeast Asia, with elongated limbs and torso and almond-shaped eyes and faces.

The Fujian-born painter studied at the Xiamen Academy of Fine Arts in early 1930s.  He taught at schools and colleges in Jimei where Singapore philanthropist Tan Kah Kee had established the Jimei University town.  A turning point in their artistic development was their Bali visit in 1952 where they met Le Mayeur and were fascinated by the exotic culture and traditions.

Cheong Soo Pieng

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