Biography: Chow Chee Yong

cheeyongChow Chee Yong graduated with a BFA (Honours) degree in photography in 1994 from Western Michigan University, USA. In 1998, he received the JCCI Art Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies and in 2001, he received his MA (Distinction) degree in photography from Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Chee Yong has participated in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

Chee Yong’s works have been featured in publications such as Asian Geographic, Passages North (USA), Photo Asia, OP Editions (Hong Kong), m2photosynthesis, Light Trails, Things unseen, Places not been, 11+1 (Japan), Nippon Camera (Japan), Asahi Camera (Japan), Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio (Japan), CANVAS – IMF Photography Book and Resonance – Songs of our Forefathers, among others. His first publication, 30th Feb, a hardcover book of his surrealistic images, was launched in Singapore in conjunction with his sixth solo exhibition in February 2008.

In July 2010, Chee Yong was featured on Channel NewsAsia’s Primetime programme, Asia Exposed, which was aired internationally. In 2011, Chee Yong was the first and only Singaporean among 15 photographers from around the globe to be recognised and incepted in the 2011 Loweprofessionals Professional Photographer Showcase. In that same year, he held his seventh solo show, Project 37, which documented the demolition of the former National Stadium of Singapore.

Chee Yong’s original prints can be found in the Permanent Collection of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), Permanent Art Collection of the National Museum of Singapore (Singapore), Permanent Art Collection of the Singapore Sports Museum (Singapore), Permanent Art Collection of The Private Museum (Singapore), Epigram Pte Ltd (Singapore), Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery (Singapore), Center of Photography (Japan), Back in Time International (USA), OP Editions (Canada & Hong Kong), Rothmans of Pall Mall (Singapore) and various collections in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

Chee Yong can be contacted at +65 9477-0673 or

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