Born 1946, Singapore


1966    Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Founding member of Molan Art Association    
Committee member of Society of Chinese Artists (1966 – 1992)
2005    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Singapore Siaw-Tao Seal Carving
and Calligraphy Art Society

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016    Expressing Emotions, ION Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2007    Solo Art Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
1993    Solo Art Exhibition at National Museum, Singapore

Selected Exhibitions & Events
2017    Ink Global, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2016    Art Talk & Demostration: Ink Development During The Ming & Qing
Periods, National Gallery, Singapore
2014    Nanyang Visionaries, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard,
2013    Exhibition by the Masters in the Hometown of Huangdi, Zhengzhou City,
Henan, China
2012    Living with Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore
Molan Art Association 45th Anniversary Art Exhibition, Chinese Chamber
of Commerce, Singapore
2010  Art Exhibition to celebrate 20th Anniversary of establishment in diplomatic
ties between Singapore and China, Shanghai, China
2008    Artworks selected for cultural demonstration and exhibition at the
Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies (Prince of Songkhla
University Pattani Campus), Thailand
2000    Singapore and New York 10 Masters Art Exhibition
1995    Nai Swee Leng, William Lai, Lye Swee Kun – Three Men Art Exhibition in
Weybridge Museum, London, England

Nai Swee Leng has been passionate about painting since his childhood days and his passion led him to explore art, particularly fine arts with various respectable art teachers. In his foundational years at painting, Swee Leng benefited from the teaching of the late Mr Fan Chang Qian, a Wu-style artist renowned for his paintings of orchids and bamboo. The latter has great influence in shaping Swee Leng’s art career in the years that came. After Nai graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he continued to learn and practiced under many eastern and western masters of great skills and techniques. Of significance, was his mentorship under the late Professor Chao Shao-An, a renowned Lingnan-style master based in Hong Kong. Equipped with rich and concrete fundamentals, Swee Leng developed his individual unique style over the years. He is most widely known for his Chinese ink paintings with especially sturdy intriguing strokes and tranquil beautiful compositions. The tasteful depth, coupled with simplistic regal grace, embodies that traditional authenticity in Swee Leng’s Chinese artworks, which is highly commended by many around the world. Swee Leng has held many solo and group Exhibitions in Singapore and overseas, and has been recognized in the Asia art realm as a master in Chinese ink paintings of bamboo, birds and flowers. The Singapore National Gallery has collected several artworks by Mr Nai.