Curriculum Vitae

BIOGRAPHY

Gan Chin Lee (b. 1977, Selangor, Malaysia) completed a Diploma of Illustration at The One Academy in Malaysia (1998), before enrolling in the Advanced Studies in Mural Painting (2005) at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts where he completed a Masters degree in Fine Art (2008). Upon graduation, he returned home, won the Malaysian Emerging Art award (2009) and with consecutive solo exhibitions ‘Fragment·Defragmentation’ (2010) at Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur; ‘Soliloquy’ (2011) at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur steadily built a portfolio that recognised him as one of the leading figurative painters with leaning towards social realism. Currently helming the newly established Fine Art department at the aforementioned The One Academy, his highly skilled painterly style of desaturated colours and disciplined technique capture ethos and pathos. His personal take and observations within local settings are sublimations, “at best I feel that they carry in them a kind of beauty of the melancholic”.

EDUCATION

2008 - Master Degree in Fine Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2005 - Advanced studies in Mural Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1998 - Diploma in Illustration, The One Academy of Communication Design, Malaysia


LECTURES

2001- 2004   The One Academy of Communication Design, Malaysia
2007- 2017   The One Academy of Communication Design, Malaysia



AWARDS AND HONORS

2010 - Platinum Achiever Award, The One Academy, Malaysia
2010 - Finalist, Starhill Gallery Visual Art Award(VAA), Malaysia
2009 – Malaysia Emerging Artist (MEA) Award, Malaysia
2009 –The 14th Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition, Taiwan (Honorable Mention Award)
2008 - Graduate Creation Award, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China (Bronze Award)
2008 - Care for Humanity Competition, Federal Territory Hainan Association, Malaysia (Merit Award)
2003 - Painting competition, World Women's roles in Culture, Arts and peace, World Chinese Women Association, Malaysia (5th Prize)
2003 - Saksi Kebangsaan Malaysia 2003, National Art Gallery, Malaysia (Finalist)
1998 – Top Ten Award, The One Academy, Malaysia


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
In-Between, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2011
Soliloquy, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2010
Fragment · Defragmentation(Joint solo Exhibition), Gallery Chandan, Kuala Lumpur


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016
Afterwork, Ilham Gallery, Malaysia
Malaysian Art, A Special Preview, Richard Koh Fine Art, Malaysia
Malaysian Art, A New Perspective, Richard Koh Fine Art, Malaysia
Shared Glory with Diversified Splendour, TianJin Academy of Fine Arts, China
Voice of Voiceless, G13, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Art Stage Singapore 2016Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore

2015
I Am 10, Richard Koh Fine Art, Malaysia
Being Human, Figuratism of 16 Malaysian Artist, Art Stage, Singapore
Malaysian Art, A New Perspective, Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
Being Human by TheFKlub, Art Stage, Singapore

2014

Flesh by TheFKlub, Pipal Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur
Alter Ego, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur 


2013

Merdeka Award & Sketches of Science Exhibitions, Galeri Petronas, KL
Transit A0, MARS, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
Art Expo 2013, G13 Gallery offside at Menara MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur
Opening show, Galeri Potret Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Scent of Bali by TheFKlub, G13, Kuala Lumpur
Mukakata: Beyond Portraiture, Segaris Art Center, Kuala Lumpur
Not For Sale, MAP, Kuala Lumpur
Seated by TheFKlub, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
20G13, G13, Kuala Lumpur

2012
Transit A4, MARS, HOM Art Trans, Kuala LumpurFocus Asia 2012, Gelleria H., Toronto, Canada
Members only, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Wawasan 2020: The Malaysian Dream, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
Skin by TheFKlub, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur

2011
FIGURA: A Showcase of 8 Malaysian Contempary Figurative Artists, G13 Gallery offside at Menara MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur
Proud to be Nude, MOMA Fine Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Manifestasi Merdeka, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Pulp Friction (Going Across The Grain), Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur
Private Affairs : Figures, Nudes and Secret Desired, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur
TANAH AYER : Malaysian Stories from the Land, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
Headlights 2011, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2010
Fragment · Defragmentation, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur
Tempo, The Gallery, Star Hill
Art Triangle Project : The Gray Zone Project, National Art Gallery
Paperworks : Marks & Trails of Artistic Minds, Galeri Chandan
The Energy Trap - Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Annexe Gallery
Fresh Decade - Regroup: 2nd Group Exhibition, The Gallery, Star Hill

2009
Exhibition MEA Award 2009, Soka Gakkai Gallery
The 14th Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition of Tai Chung City, Taiwan

2008
51 years, The Merdeka Visualogue, The Gardens, Malaysia
Graduate Creation Show, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

2007
My Story, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China
Studio Annual Exhibition, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

2003
Saksi Kebangsaan Malaysia, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


BIBLIOGRAPHY

EMBRACING NEW HORIZONS Sunday Star 18.01.2015
Feature Mag 17.02.2011
ARTIST BORN IN MAMAK STALL NangyangArts Issue32 12.2010
DEFRAGMENTATION Nanyang Siang Pau 31.10.2010
ABOUT ARTIST Nuyou Magazine 07.2010
SEMBANG SENI BRESAMA GAN CHIN LEE The Tale of Two Cities,Threesixty 06.2010
THE ENERGY TRAP Sin Chew Daily 15.04.2010
SKETCH MAMAK STALL Sin Chew Daily 30.03.2010
AND THE WINNERS ARE… Arteri 14.10.2009
NEW AWARDS FOR BUILDING ART TALENTS  Malaysia Mirror 12.10.2009
CREATIVE ART OF NATIONAL INDEPENDANCE DAY  Orientaldaily 02.09.2008
DRAW MAMAK TO AWAKE TEENAGERS  China Press 11.08.2008
WOMEN’S ROLES IN CULTURE, ARTS AND PEACE Sin Chew Daily 15.09.2003
WITNESS TO NATIONAL IDENTITY  Star 17.08.2003


PUBLICATIONS

2009 - ‘Gold Mountain Blues’ Zhang Ling, Beijing Shi Yue Wen Yi Publisher
2009 - ‘shi Yue’ Litelature Magazines, Beijing Shi Yue Wen Yi Publisher
2007 - ‘Oil Painting Course The First Studio’ Peking Univertisy Press, China
2006 - ‘Science Fiction World’, Science Fiction World Publishing & 5xia Pulisher, Si Chuan

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