The first Singaporean come out nationwide as gay was artist Tan Peng, in an article in The Straits Times.

Visual artsEdit

Teng Nee CheongEdit

Main article: Teng Nee Cheong

Born in 1951 and based in Singapore, the art of Teng Nee Cheong is known for its colour and exotica. The artist admits to being influenced by Asian mural paintings and Persian miniatures, especially the stylization of botanic.

Teng Nee Cheong studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. His works have been exhibited in Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Paris, Singapore and United States. He was bestowed the Ministry of Culture Special Award (1978), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association Creative Award (1982), Singapore Art Society Tan Tze Chor Art Award (1991) and Phillip Morris Group (ASEAN, 1993/95/96). His works are among the collections of the National Museum Art Gallery ( Singapore), Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( Singapore) and Neka Museum ( Bali) and many of them have been sold at auction, including 'Scarlet Glory upon Midnight Blooms' sold at Christie's Hong Kong 'Asian 20th Century Art (Day Sale)' in 2014 for $35,468.

A book entitled, "Teng Nee Cheong: Those the Gods Love Grow Mightier", was written by Lindy Poh which offers a refreshing insight on the life, works and innermost thoughts of Teng that span a period of 40 years[1].

Teng passed away from nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 2013.

Ng Eng TengEdit

Tan PengEdit

Jimmy OngEdit

Martin LohEdit

Ho Soon YeenEdit

Main article: Ho Soon Yeen

Ho Soon Yeen emerged in the Singapore art scene in 1992 with assemblage, installation and performance art, and a significant series of nude self-portrait gestural ink drawings, which were self-reflective and posed questions to the viewer on the social role of being a womyn. As a result of personal and work commitments, her involvement in the art scene was intermittent. A total hysterectomy made Ho re-assess her life and fall in love with it.

Brian Gothong TanEdit

Otto FongEdit

Aiman HakimEdit

Tania De RosarioEdit

Lee Gwo YinnEdit

Kelvin AtmadibrataEdit


Roy TanEdit

Performance artEdit

Josef NgEdit

Loo Zi HanEdit

Marla BendiniEdit

See alsoEdit


  • Artists listed and interviewed on Rainbow Arts Project:[2].
  • Teng Yen Hui, "Queering Perspectives in Singapore Art in the 1970s to 1990s: Subjectivity and Desire in Figuration", Master of Arts (M.A.) dissertation, Asian Art Histories, Lasalle College of the Arts, 2016 – 2017.


This article was written by Roy Tan.