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Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1945, in Baguio City, Philippines; died 2002, in Baguio City.

Painter, installation artist, performance artist. Indigenous folk art, socio-political themes, multiculturalism.

Baguio Arts Guild.

Santiago Bose studied at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1972 and took up further studies at the West 17th Print Workshop in New York City from 1980 to 1981. He is known for his mixed-media paintings, assemblages, and installations that use varied local materials such as bamboo, ash and debris, and hand-woven textiles. He also did performances and portrayed himself as a cultural drifter and provocateur. Often combining traditional animist symbols with post-colonial imagery, his work focused on the effects of colonialism on the Philippine psyche and identity.

From the 1980s, Bose participated in numerous international exhibitions, artist residencies, and conferences. He lived in the United States for several years and spent considerable time in Australia, where he had a long artistic collaboration and personal relationship with the artist Pat Hoffie. Returning to Baguio City in ...


Vietnamese-American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1968, in Ha Tien, Vietnam.

Photographer, video artist, conceptual artist.

In 1978, Dinh Q. Lê fled Vietnam with his family to the United States, where he eventually gained U.S. citizenship. After completing his BA in fine arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in ...


Vietnamese, 20th century, female.

Active in France.

Born 21 September 1945, in Vietnam.

Painter (mixed media).

Dodinh Huong lives and works in Paris. Between 1965 and 1969 she studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Until 1987...


Indonesian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia.

Born 1960, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Performance artist. Mixed media, multimedia.

Heri Dono’s early works, especially those done while studying at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (1980–1987), show the influence of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Dono was particularly inspired by Picasso’s and Miro’s use of folk forms and began to examine closely Indonesian folk art. Immediately after completing his formal art education, he became an apprentice of the local traditional artist Sigit Sukasman, who taught him the art of ...


Indonesian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Born 1949, in Blitar, Indonesia.

Installation artist, photographer, filmmaker. Mixed media, multimedia, video.

F.X. Harsono studied painting at the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Rupa Indonesia, Yogyakarta (1969–1974). In 1974, he was expelled from the school for his participation in the Desember Hitam (Black December), a student-led movement in protest of the state-sanctioned modernism that dominated the art academies of Indonesia. Along with like-minded artists, Harsono formed the Kelompok Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Group, ...


Filipino, 20th century, female.

Active in France fromc.1972.

Born 4 June 1942, in Guimbal (Iloilo), Philippines.

Engraver, collage artist. Figure compositions, religious subjects.

Ofélia Gelvezon-Téqui graduated in art from the University of the Philippines in 1964, and again in 1966, in English. In ...


Malayan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1962, in Singapore.

Painter (mixed media).

After studying at the school of fine arts in Nanyang, Ee Choo Goh went to London in 1988 for a postgraduate degree at the Slade School of Art. He has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions (Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, Malaya, Indonesia and Denmark) and received several commissions....


Malayan, 20th century, male.

Born 28 June 1928, in Kuala Lumpur.

Painter (mixed media).

Henderson is Chinese on his mother’s side (she was herself a painter) and was trained in the Chinese tradition, learning calligraphy and classical Chinese literature. Henderson’s painting bears the hallmark of oriental mythology but also employs Western techniques. He uses non-traditional materials such as seaweed, fish glue, latex, silicon resins mixed with lacquer, powdered bronze, and iron and wood shavings. He has held exhibitions in Singapore, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Paris....


Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Active in the Netherlands from 1938.

Born 1924, in Sabang, Indonesia.

Engraver, painter, collage artist, sculptor, draughtsman.

A self-taught artist, Anton Heyboer lived in Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles from 1933 to 1938.

He was in a concentration camp in 1943...


Vietnamese, 20th century, male.

Painter (mixed media).

Koh Byong Jin’s work falls between the abstract and the figurative; it relays a world in its infant state, with mysterious, unidentifiable forms that nevertheless speak of nature.

Chalumeau, Jean-Luc: ‘Les Territoires de Koh’ in Opus international n° 131, periodical, Paris, Spring-Summer 1993....


French and Ivorian, 20th century, female.

Born in Hué, Vietnam.

Sculptor (marble/bronze/wood), installation artist, designer. Artists’ books.

Born of a Vietnamese mother and a French father, Dominique Le Houelleur holds a passion for Africa and lives and works in the Ivory Coast. A self-taught artist, she sought guidence from the Italian sculptor Giorgio Angeli in Querceta where she also met the Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. In ...


Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active in the UK.

Born 1942, in Manila.

Sculptor (mixed media).

Process Art, Kinetic Art, Conceptual Art.

David Medalla is of mixed race and was brought up in the port city of Manila, an ideal location for cultural exchange. Apart from his fascination with the abundant tropical flora of the 7,000 islands constituting the Philippine archipelago, two things caught Medalla’s attention from an early stage: the concept of hylozoism put forward by the pre-Socratic philosopher Thales (which proposes that all matter is living) and contemporary astrophysics (which proposes that the universe is expanding). At the start of the 1960s Medalla settled in London, where he worked. He visited Paris and saw the first works by Soto and Takis. His place in the history of art is entirely bound up with the appearance, development and fading away of the kinetic art phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s. Just as Frank Popper’s ...


Nam Son  

Vietnamese, 20th century, male.

Born 1890, in Hanoi; died 1973.

Painter (mixed media).

Nam Son trained partly in native country and partly in France at the École des Arts Décoratifs and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris finishing in 1925, when became the first Vietnamese professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi....


Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active settled and naturalised in the USA from 1930.

Born 2 August 1916, in Manila; died 1990, in East Hampton (New York).

Painter, collage artist, assemblage artist, engraver, draughtsman, sculptor, illustrator, mixed media.

Alfonso Ossorio spent his childhood in Great Britain and in ...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Roxas City, Philippines.

Painter, assemblage artist, graphic designer. Religious, socio-political themes, historical subjects, objects.

Black Artists of Asia.

Norberto Roldan studied at the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in visual communication. He also took graduate courses in art studies at the University of the Philippines. In 1986, he co-founded the group Black Artists of Asia with Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, and other artists in Bacolod, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Promoting social and political themes, Roldan’s work has focused in particular on religious ideology. A former seminarian, he examines faith and devotion through works assembled from the relics of his Catholic belief. His first solo exhibition was held at the Hiraya Gallery in Manila in 1987.

Roldan lived in Sydney from 1987 to 1989, where he worked as a graphic designer for a journal published by the Australian Centre for Photography. He also mounted his first solo exhibition abroad, ...


Thai, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Nakhorn Swan.

Painter (mixed media). Multimedia.

Vasan Sitthiket studied in Bangkok. His work is rooted in a particular socio-political context. As well as painting, Sitthiket produces video works and installations.

He has had solo exhibitions including: Hell...


Indonesian, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1966, in Pekan Baru, Indonesia.

Active in Amsterdam.

Photographer and film maker. Film and video installations, artists’ books.

Fiona Tan was born in Indonesia, the daughter of a Chinese father and an Australian mother of Scottish heritage. She spent most of her childhood in Melbourne, Australia. As an adult she relocated to Amsterdam, where she now lives and works. She studied art at Gerrit Rietveld Academie ...