Choong Kam Kow, Dr


1965 | Ipoh, Malaysia

1966-67 | International Centre, N.Y.C. USA

1967 | Pratt Graduate Art Gallery, N.Y.C. USA

1968 | AVIS ROHR Gallery, Camden, N.J. USA

1968 | The Abacus Art Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

1968 | New Masters Art Gallery, N.Y.C. USA

1970 | Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1975 | Asian Art Museum, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1988 | Frederikshavn Art Museum, Denmark

1988 | The Bank for Public Employment, Copenhagen, Denmark

1991 | Taipei Fine Arts Museum

1992 | Taiwan Art Museum, Tai Chung, Taiwan

1992 | Touch Stone Gallery, Hong Kong

1996 | Space

1998 | Art Gallery, University of Brighton, UK

1999 | Squires Foyer Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK

1999 | Art Gallery University of Wolverhampton

2004 | Guangdong Museum of Art Gallery of Art, Guangzhou, China

2006 | Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

2015 | Retrospective exhibition, Cross Culture. Trans Era of Dr. Choong Kam Kau, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



1965 | Fulbright-Hays Scholarship
1966 | Lee Foundation Grant
1967 | 1st Prize (Drawing) & 2nd Prize (Watercolour), Virginia Beach Show, USA  | Consulate Award, Annual Exhibition of SUMI-E Painting, USA

1977 | Minor prize in “Painting & Graphic Art Open Competition”, National Art Gallery, Malaysia

1980 | Awarded MACEE-ACLS-Fullbright Hays Research Fellowship

1985 | 2nd. Prize (landscape) in P.N.B. Art Competition, Kuala Lumpur

1988 | 3rd. Prize in Mural Competition, Association of Banks, Malaysia



1961 | BA, Fine Art, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
1968 | MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA
1980-1981 | ACLS Fullbright Research Fellow, USA

  • Started his career as an artist cum art teacher in primary and secondary schools in the late 50’s and early 60’s before he traveled as a visiting artist to USA under a Fulbright Grant during the mid 60’s
  • Influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Hardedge, Conceptualism and other international movements during his stay in New York in the 1960’s and early 80’s
  • Has gone through the aesthetic assimilation and preservation process during his artistic journey and at the same time engaged himself in significant exploration and integration of these experiences into his own art
  • Art reflects his ceaseless probes into culture and history, theory and practice, humanity and matters, techniques and media
  • 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 in his creative endeavours



2007 Apr | Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, SingaporeAbstract | 1968 | Oil on canvas (71cm x 61cm), SGD $3,000 (USD $1,860)

2006 Apr | Sotheby’s Southeast Asian Paintings, SingaporeLayers of Dragon Tradition IV | 2004 | Mixed media on canvas (152cm x 122cm), SGD $21,600 (USD $34,839)

2016 March | The Edge Auction 2016 | New York | 1968| Oil on canvas (100cm x 122cm),  RM 14,300

2016 March | The Edge Auction 2016 | Tai Ji | 1982 | Oil on canvas (155cm x 122cm), RM 17,600