Wong Hoy Cheong (b. 1960, George Town, Penang) is a visual artist, educator, and political activist. He studied literature, education and fine arts at Brandeis University, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the USA. He has exhibited widely in Asia, Australia and Europe. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. He was named as one of the ten trailblazers in “Mavericks & Rebels” of Asia by Newsweek in 2000 and art and culture “Leaders of the Next Millennium” by Asiaweek in 1999. Cornell University named a scholarship after him for his work as an educator in 1993, and Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt named its 35th floor after him.

Working in a wide range of visual media, Wong addresses concerns about identity and indigeneity, the retrieval of marginalised histories, migration and globalisation; and the slipperiness that lies between fact and fiction, past and present.

As an educator, he has given lectures and taught at various institutions including Harvard University; Oxford University; Goldsmiths, University of London; New York University; Australian National University; and National University of Singapore. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore in 2008. 

As a social activist, he was a founder member of SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia), a human rights organisation. He has, in recent years, initiated and developed urban regeneration and participatory budgeting projects in social housing for the Selangor and Penang local governments.

Wong had two solo exhibitions at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Malaysia (1996 and 2004), and at other venues around the world including Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2003); Pitt Rivers Museum, United Kingdom (2004); NUS Museum, Singapore (2008); and Eslite Gallery, Taiwan (2010). His work has also been included in group exhibitions internationally, including Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (1996); Art in Southeast Asia: Glimpses into the Future, Japan (1997); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (1999 and 2009); Venice Biennale, Italy (2003); Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2004); Guangzhou Triennial, China (2005); Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2007); Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008); Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, France (2009); No Country, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); and Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia (2015). Most recently, he was commissioned to create a new installation for the National Gallery of Singapore to feature his video work Re:Looking (2002–2003).