Singapore 1946

Nai Swee Leng

Nai Swee Leng, passionate about painting since his childhood days, explore art, particularly fine arts with various respectable art teachers. In his foundational years at painting, Nai benefited from the teachings of the late Mr Fan Chang Tien (a student of Wang Geyu who in turn was a student of Wu Chang Shuo, a Shanghai School Master in Chinese Painting), a Wu-style artist renowned for his paintings of orchids and bamboo. Simultaneously, he was also inspired by works of See Hiang To, another pioneer Singaporean ink painter.


After graduating from NAFA, he continued to learn and practise under many eastern and western masters of great skills and techniques.  His mentorship under the late Professor Chao Shao-An, a renowned Lingnan-style master based in Hong Kong, was a significant moment of his career. Nai further picked up a sparkling ink-and- color style from Japanese painter Tekeuchi Seihoo.


Over the years, enriched with concrete fundamentals and unceasing innovations, Nai developed and established his unique art-style. His beautiful compositions of bamboo, birds and flowers with sturdy intriguing strokes embodies the traditional authenticity of Chinese ink painting. Spontaneity and forcefulness in his paintings are elements present in his free-hand brush strokes. Widely recognised in the Asia art realm as a master in Chinese ink paintings, Nai Swee Leng has held many solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and overseas. 

1966 / 

Founding member of Molan Art Association


2005 / 

Lifetime achievement award from Singapore Siaw-Tao Seal carving and calligraphy art society


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