LIZA HO, Director, graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Finance and Commerce (Accounting) from Macquarie University, Sydney. Born and raised in Guatemala, she has made Malaysia her home since 2007. She speaks fluent Spanish, English and Cantonese. She was previously working as an executive secretary and translator at the Mexico Embassy in Malaysia while volunteering at Valentine Willie Fine Art.

In 2009, she joined the Kuala Lumpur gallery as a permanent staff, managing major regional exhibitions like Chang Fee Ming: Mekong: Exploring the Source (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Beijing), Intersection VietNam: New Works from North & South (Kuala Lumpur and Singapore), CUT2010: New Photography from Southeast Asia: Parallel Universe (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jogjakarta and Manila), Jumaldi Alfi: Life/Art #101: Never Ending Lesson (Kuala Lumpur, Jogjakarta and Singapore), Yee I-Lann: Boogeyman (Kuala Lumpur, Adelaide and Taiwan), and offsite shows Tanah Ayer: Malaysian Stories from the Land (Bandung). She also assisted in art fairs Art Stage 2011, Singapore and ART HK12.

Besides coordinating exhibitions in Malaysia and regionally, she was overseeing all gallery related activities from sales, storage management, transportation and logistics, documentation of artworks, and most importantly, artist management. She worked as an artist liaison for collaborative projects with art institutions, namely 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Khanazawa, National Gallery of Australia in Victoria, The Queensland Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Australia, and The Singapore Art Museum.
SNOW NG, Director, graduated with a BA in Art and Design from the Curtin University of Technology in 2004. She started her career in the advertising industry before returning to lecture in graphic design and advertising at LimKokWing University of Creative Technology. She joined Valentine Willie Fine Art (VWFA) as Project Manager in 2007 after deciding to pursue a career in art management - and has been actively involved in the art scene regionally ever since.

She has managed and assisted in some of the most important projects and exhibitions locally and regionally, such as Between Generations: 50 Years Across Modern Art in Malaysia, UM and USM (2007); Processing the City (2007); Selamat Datang ke Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney (2007); CUT: New Photography from Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Yogyakarta (2008/2009/2010); Chang Fee Ming: Mekong - Exploring the Source, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Beijing (2008); Yee I-Lann: Boogeyman, which was later showcased in Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) in Adelaide and Mind Set Art Center (MSAC) in Taipei (2010/2011). She was also involved in organising the very first dedicated Southeast Asian Contemporary section for Borobudur Auction House in 2007 and 2008.

Over the years, she has also worked with many art institutions in the region namely Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), Adelaide and Mind Set Art Center (MSAC), Taipei and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM), project managing and overseeing logistics of artworks on collaborative exhibitions. She has also worked with corporate clients such as Bank Negara, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, ECM Libra, Bacardi-martini, Shell Malaysia, Abacus International and Zenith Media, advising on acquisitions and corporate social responsibility programs, documentation and restoration of their art collection as well as providing content for their publications needs.

DR. SIMON SOON, Curatorial Associate, completed his PhD at the University of Sydney under an Australian Postgraduate Award fellowship, where he investigates the spatial-visual cultures at the intersection between left-leaning politicised art movements and the emergent modern publics of Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines from 1950sā€“1970s. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Malaya. Previously, he worked as curator at Valentine Willie Fine Art from 2008 - 2009. Since then, he has written for periodicals such as Afterall Journal, Broadsheet Contemporary Art + Culture, C-Arts, among others and contributed essays to a number of arts publications including Realism in Asia, The National Art Gallery of Singapore, Raja'ah: Sulaiman Esa Retrospective, National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Yee I-Lann: Fluid World, Mind Set Art Consulting Taipei, Tanah Ayer: Malaysian Stories from the Land, Galeri Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung and Narratives in Malaysian Art Vol. 2, RogueArt, Today and Tomorrow: Emerging Practices in Malaysian Art, Adaptus Design System.

Among the shows that he has curated include, Love Me in My Batik: Modern Batik Art from Malaysia and Beyond, Melati Suryodarmo's Solitaire, CUT09: New Photography in Southeast Asia - Figure, The Best Art Show in the Univers, Bombay Sapphire Southeast Asian Video Art Screening and Paintings For All Ages / Paintings with Extended Space: New Works/ Concepts by Liew Kwai Fei. He was also a guest curator for the 1st KL Experimental Film & Video Festival in 2010. He was a co-founder of a now defunct arts blog, ArteriMalaysia.com (http://arteri.search-art.asia/), which operated from 2009 - 2011. In 2011, he joined 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney as community projects officer and worked with artists FX Harsono and Roslisham Ismail aka Ise Parkingproject.

He is the recipient of a number of international residencies and scholarships including Japan Foundation JENYSES residency for Young Creators to Tokyo, Manchester International Festival's Talent Campus and the Koganecho Area Management Centre residency in Yokohama, 2012 CIHA Art History Conference, Nuremberg Germany. He has also served as jury member for the Young Contemporaries Award (Bakat Muda SeZaman), organised by the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia in 2010. From 2015-2016, he is a participant in the Power Institute's 'Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art', funded by Getty Foundation's 'Connecting Art Histories' initiative. He is also an editorial member of SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, a peer-review journal published by NUS Press and a team member of Malaysia Design Archive, a repository on visual cultures from late 19th to the present day.

 

 
 
 
 
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