About Chen Wen Hsi
Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906) is among the most influential pioneer artists in Singapore’s history. Regarded as a first-generation artist, Chen was in the forefront of the Chinese avant-garde movement in Singapore during the 1950s. He was a member of a group of five prominent artists that founded the Nanyang style, a landmark in the art history of Southeast Asia.
A highly esteemed painter and art educator, Chen’s works have significantly shaped decades of creative development in the art community even prior to the establishment of Singapore as a sovereign nation. His endless inventiveness and creative excellence in Chinese painting have commanded the respect of the Chinese and the international art world.
Key Dates in History
1906 – Chen Wen Hsi is Born in Baigong, China.
1929 – Graduates from Xinhua College of Art, China.
1949 – Arrives and settles in Singapore.
1952 – Travels to Indonesia with fellow painters Cheong Soo Pieng, Liu Kang and Chen Chong Swee.
1953 – The group exhibits works from Indonesia trip. Exhibition paves the way to the creation of the Nanyang style of painting in Singapore.
1991 – Passes away at the age of 85 after suffering from an abdominal tumor.