Choo Keng Kwang
Choo Keng Kwang (b. 3 June 1931, Singapore) is a first-generation Singaporean artist well-known for his oil paintings of landscape, animals and nature. A former school principal of Sin Hua School, Choo later headed the Art Education Department of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) until his retirement. Public-spirited and a generous philanthropist, he has received awards for his contributions to education and art since the 1950s. His artworks have been commissioned by royalty, dignitaries and governments. For instance, the Singapore government commissioned his paintings as state gifts to foreign dignitaries. His paintings have been presented to the late former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, as well as China’s former Chairman, Mao Tse-Tung. His paintings have also adorned Command House at Kheam Hock Road, the official residence of the late former President Ong Teng Cheong. Choo also received commissions for paintings, murals and bas-reliefs from government ministries, statutory boards, businesses, hotels and other institutions.