Choy Weng Yang was born in Singapore in 1930 and studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art, London, graduating in 1962. Choy on his return to Singapore practised as an artist, whilst also pursuing an academic career in the arts. In 1972 he was awarded a UNESCO fellowship in creative arts and he spent time in the United States, notably at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Centre for Advanced Visual Studies. He was curator of art at the National Museum Singapore from 1978-1985.
His painting, though considered to be in the Abstract Expressionist tradition, was inspired both by nature and by Impressionist painters such as Monet. He has exhibited widely over the years, including in Adelaide, Australia, Hong Kong, the Grand Palais in Paris and on a touring exhibition to ASEAN countries. Most years a major gallery in Singapore will show his work. Choy’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, the Tolman Collection in the United States, the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many corporate and private collections.