ABOUT THE ARTIST

Shia Yih Yiing (b. 1967, Kuching, Sarawak) obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) in 1992. In 1998, a series of symbolic rural family portraits won her the Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in Art & Craft. Her sojourn in Australia (1999) led to a research study in visual art at the School of Contemporary Art, University of Western Sydney (UWS); where she gained her MA (Hons) in Contemporary Arts in 2005.

Shia has also participated in a number of art programs including the 1994 Asean Visual Art Education Symposium & Workshop, Mandaluyong, Philippines and the 1999 Commonwealth Fellowship in Art & Craft, UWS Nepean, NSW Australia.

Her works address and investigate issues of cultural identity, heritage and globalisation, along with relationships between perceptions and realities. Her technique is detailed and meticulous and she gives careful thought to the symbols and colours that she applies.

Since 1989, her works have also been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including, most notably her solo, wOm(b), at Galeri Petronas, Malaysia in 2004. Her works also form part of major local and international collections, including those of the Galeri Petronas, HSBC (Malaysia) and the National Visual Arts Gallery (Malaysia).
 
 
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