Goh Beng Kwan

b. 1937, Indonesia
Lives and works in Singapore

Goh Beng Kwan’s formative studies under ‘pioneer masters’ Dr. Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng in the 1950s instilled in him an abiding appreciation of Asian art traditions.

Under an Allen Tucker Scholarship, then a Ford Foundation Scholarship, Goh pursued his art education at the reputed Art Students’ League of New York (1962-63), and Provincetown Workshop, Massachusetts (1964). Goh’s art underwent radical shifts. He was initiated into collage by the renowned collagist Leo Manso [1914-1993], and registered a renewed sense of his Chinese and Peranakan ancestries, which he began to reference in his works.

Goh returned to Singapore in 1966, and in the ensuing decades, emerged as an outstanding collagist and a pivotal figure of modern art in Singapore. He introduced an astonishing range of materials into art-making including tea-wrappings, acupuncture diagrams, nails, strings, and sand. His broadening of the boundaries of what was acceptable artists’ resources was enormously influential on successive generations of mixed media artists.

Biography information from STPI Gallery, March 2023

Country: Indonesia
Social Media: @gohbengkwan