SU-EN WONG (1973 - Present)
New York-based artist, Su-en Wong, was born in Singapore in 1973. At an early age, she came under the tutelage of Liu Kang, one of Singapore’s pioneer artists. She held her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the age of 14, and she moved to the US at the age of 16 to continue her studies.
Su-en's work examines her ongoing fascination with identity, socialization, fantasy and the construction of culture. Her work renders a very private and deeply personal paradise, a haven in which to explore the conflicting contexts of power and vulnerability, fear and desire, assimilation and individuality, drive and repression, predators and prey. Steeped in humor and never taking herself too seriously, Su-en challenges her viewer to morph between the gazer and the gazed-at, to reconsider their public and private personas, and to look with renewed appreciation at portraiture as a genre.
Su-en's work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and in Europe. She lives and works in New York, and is currently working on several exciting projects including a series of children's books.