BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

1973

 Born in Singapore

1990

 LRSM, piano performance, The Royal School of Music, UK

1993

 BA, Magna cum Laude, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

1994

 MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

1997

 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 

 

2006

 Danese, New York, NY

 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005

 Spaces and Shadows, Contemporary Art from South East Asia, The House of World Cultures, Berlin

 Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (solo)

 Artspace Witzenhausen, Amsterdam, Holland (solo)

 Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

 Contemporary Erotic Drawing, Diverse Works, Houston, TX and The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (catalog)

 In Limbo, Myhren Gallery, The University of Denver, Denver, CO

2004

 Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

2003

 Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, CO

 Self-Portraits: A Vogue Portfolio, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 Online, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY

 Re:Figure, William E. Gahlberg Gallery Arts Center, College of DuPage, DuPage, IL

 Woman on Woman, White Box, New York, NY

 Kingdom Come, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

 Shosana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)

 Savage Gallery, Portland, OR (catalog) (solo)

2002

 Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)

 Luscious Too, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001

 Savage, Portland, OR (solo)

 “Present Tense: Su-en Wong—Girl as Covergirl,” The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (solo)

1999

 Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

 The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (solo)