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Choong Kam Kow (b.1934) an artist of international fame and prominent academician in the fieldof art and design education, Obtained his BA in Fine Art from the National Taiwan Normal University in 1961 and Master in Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, N.Y. USA in 1968.  He received a Fullbright Grant to further study in USA in 1965 and another Fullbright-ACLS Fellowship Award in 1980 for research.  He was conferred the Hon. Degree of Doctor of Arts by the Robert Gordon University, UK in 2006.  
Choong has started his career as an artist cum art teacher in the 1950s.  He traveled as a visiting artist to USA under a Fullbright Grant inmid 60's during which he held two solos in New York.  He has also served as Head of Art Department, United Nations International School, NYC (1966-1968); Head of Fine Art Dept. and Senior lecturer, ITM (UiTM) (1969-1989); Dean of School of Fine Art, LASALLE-ASIA College of the Arts, Singapore 1989-1994; Vice President (1995-1999) and President / CEO (2000-date), Malaysia Institute of Art.  

He has won many prizes in art competition including 1st prize (Drawing) & 2nd Prize (Water Colour) in Vriginia Art Show 1967, a minor award in the Painting & Graphic Art Competition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia 1977, 2nd prize (Landscape) in PNB Art Competition and 3rd Prize in Association of Bank Art Competition 1988, etc.  
To-date, Choong has held 18 solo exhibition in Art Museum and Galleries include Fukuoka Asian Art Museumm, the Guangdong Museum of Art Japan, Taipei Fine Art Museum and Taiwan Museum of Art and participated in nearly 100 major local and international art exhibitions, He is currently the Chairman of Federation of Asian Artist Malaysia Committee and a member of the National Art Gallery Board of Trustees, His works are in the collections of the nemerous art museums including National Art Gallery Malaysia, Malaysia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Taiwan Museum of Art, Frederikshavn Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art Private collections.  The collection of his works by extablished art museums confirms the international recognition of this artistic achievement.  
"His art reflect his ceaseles probes into culture and history, theory and practice, humanity and matters techniques and media and the mastery power of these aspects.  He has possessed the intellectual spirit of the present era and beyond and used it to probe into his cultural surroundings, integrated and synthesized,to define new meanings and values" -  

Mr. Wang HuangSheng,  
Director, Guangdong Museum of Art (8 October 2004)

From The Art Of Choong Kam Kow- Manifestation of Culture and Nature
(Guangdong Museum of Art, China)


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