Curriculum Vitæ of Ngan Siu-Mui

Short Résumé

Under western cultural influence, her work has evolved into a unique style. She uses mixed oriental and occidental media and techniques to infuse the energy and elegance of Chinese brush movements into new substrates. This contrasts dramatically with her traditional use of classical Chinese watercolor.

Her work can be found in collections worldwide: Autralia (Redland District Council), Canada (Canadian Museum of Civilization), China (Record of History Museum), Japan (Japan’s Coalition of International Calligraphers Association), Korea (Cultural Art Research Institute), Taiwan (Art Education Center and History Museum).

  • Solo exhibitions and lectures in universities, museums, and cultural organizations: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and United States
  • 2011 ‒ China ‒ Chosen to be one of the sixty Domestic and Oversea Chinese who have made outstanding contribution to culture in China and around the world. Her portrait is featured on a stamp in the album of the World Chinese Models
  • 2010 ‒ Montréal, qc, ca ‒ Commissioned by the Canadian Red Cross to create a watercolor chinese painting illustrating the Seven Fundamental Principles of the organization
  • 2005 ‒ China ‒ Invited by the Chinese Ministry of National Affairs, as one of the main speakers in the International Calligraphy Conference of Ngoc-On Cup in Beijing. Her paper was also published
  • 2002 ‒ China ‒ Her calligraphy was selected to be carved into a stela by the Calligraphy Stele Committee of Wei River
  • 2002,2000,1999 ‒ Montréal, qc, ca ‒ Three times organizer and promoter of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy
  • 2001 ‒ Québec, qc, ca ‒ Xi’an Exhibition: the Quebec Civilization Museum advertising campaign used a calligraphic visual featuring Ngan Siu-Mui brushwork.
  • 1999 ‒ Québec, qc, ca ‒ Was awarded the Certificat québécois de la citoyenneté pour le rapprochement culturel by Le Gouvernement du Québec
  • 1999 ‒ Seoul, Korea ‒ Medal of Excellence from the Asia Art Award Selection Committee
  • 1998 ‒ Québec, ca ‒ The Red Violin, the Canadian drama-film directed by François Girard made a dramatic display of her calligraphic brushwork
  • 1997 ‒ Montréal, qc, ca ‒ Featured as a prominent artist in the documentary film Merging Colors. The film was shown in the Festival International des films d’Art de Montréal
  • 1991 ‒ Montréal, qc, ca ‒ Founder of the non-profit society, the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal
  • 1998,94,83 ‒ Publications: Chinese Calligraphy, Abstract Art, Mind Painting (1998); The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui and her Group (1994); The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui (1983)

seal-fungcheung  Artistic Training

  • 1999 — Taiwan — Graduated from the International Ten Ren Tea Culture Foundation in Chinese Tea Ceremony as the 27th disciple of the famous Master Easun Lin Tzy-Yau.
  • 1978 — Hong Kong — Graduated from the school of the world renowned Master Chao Shao-An, in Chinese painting.
  • 1972 — Hong Kong — Graduated in Chinese literature, calligraphy and Seal caving from the school of the renowned Master, Leung Tse-Kong.

seal-fungcheung  Collections

  • 2007 — Montréal, qc, ca — Days Inn Montréal Centre-Ville
  • 2005 — China —
    • Record of History Museum in Shaanxi
    • International calligraphy Exhibition Committee of the Ngoc-On Cup
  • 2004,03 — Korea — Culture Art Research Institute
  • 2002 —
    • Tianjin, China — Oversea caligrapher Exhibition: 2nd edition of the calligraphy Art Festival
    • Korea — Culture Art Research Institute
  • 2001,00 — Korea — Culture Art Research Institute
  • 1999 —
    • Taiwan — Ten Ren Teaïsm Foundation
    • Australia — Brisbane Redland District Council
    • Japan — Coalition of International calligraphy Union
  • 1995 — Korea —
    • Juridica Foundation of International Culture Association
    • Coalition of International calligraphy Union
  • 1994 — Singapore — Shicheng calligraphy and Seal caving Society
  • 1994 — China — Xiao Feng Art Center
  • 1991-89 — Taiwan — Art Educaion Center
  • 1990 —
    • Hull, qc, ca — Canadian Museum of Civilization
    • Montréal, qc, ca — Vanier College
  • 1983 — Malaysia — Art House Gallery
  • 1980 — Korea — Museum of Kookmin University
  • 1979 — Taiwan —
    • Wah Kwong Museum
    • History Museum

seal-fungcheung  Publications

  • 2000 — Montréal, qc, ca — Ngan Siu-Mui was the editor and main journalist for the 2nd Edition of the Month of Chinese calligraphy Newsletter. The newletter was published in Chinese, English and French and ten thousand copies were distributed. Le Ministère de la culture et des communicaions du Québec and La Ville de Montréal supported the event.
  • 1998 — Montréal, qc, ca — Ngan Siu-Mui, Chinese calligraphy, Abstract Art, Mind Painting, Montreal, Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal, Presses Dufferin, 1998, Chinese, English, French. – With the support of Le Ministère de la culture et des communicaions du Québec, La Ville de Montréal and the Department of caadian Heritage. Permanent Collection of the National Library of caada.–
  • 1994 — Hong Kong — Collective, The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui and her Group, Montreal, Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal, Hong Zee Printing, Hong Kong, 1994, Chinese, English, French, Japanese. – With the support of the Taiwan Overseas Chinese Commission. –
  • 1983 — Hong Kong — Ngan Siu-Mui, The Art of Ngan Siu-Mui, Hong Kong, Studio of Subtle Fragrance, Ho Fat Printing, 1983

seal-fungcheung  Solo Exhibitions

  • 2007 — Montréal, qc, ca — Delta Hotel
  • 2003 — Montréal, qc, ca — Galerie Kö-zen
  • 2002 — Montréal, qc, ca — Traditional Chinese Culture Society
  • 1999 — Brisbane, Australia — Old School House Gallery, organized by the Redland City Council
  • 1990 —
    • Toronto, on, ca ‒ Sing Tao Gallery
    • Hull, qc, ca ‒ La Galerie d’art Montcam
    • Taiwan ‒ Art Educaion Center
  • 1988 —
    • Montréal, qc, ca — Complexe Guy Favreau
    • Montréal, qc, ca — College Vanier
  • 1986 —
    • Sherbrooke, qc, ca — Bishop University
    • Montréal, qc, ca — University of Toronto
  • 1985 —
    • Pennsylvania, usa — Temple University
    • Pennsylvania, usa — Drexel University
  • 1985 —
    • Saskatoon, ca — Universityof Saskatchewan
    • Vancouver, ca — University of British Columbia
  • 1985 —
    • Singapore — Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Malaysia — Art House Gallery
  • 1981 — Hong Kong — Hong Kong City Hall

seal-fungcheung  Exhibitions with my Students

  • 2002 — Montréal, qc, ca — Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal, 3rd Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy
  • 2001-1995 — Seoul, Korea — Asia Invitation Art Exhibition
  • 2000 — Montréal, qc, ca — Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal, 2nd Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy
  • 2000-1992 — Exhibitions hosted by the International Calligraphy Union (UIC) in various parts of Asia
    • 2000 – Taiwan – Sun Yat Sen Commemoration Hall
    • 1999 – Taiwan – Sun Yat Sen Commemoration Hall
    • 1998 – Hong Kong, China –Science Museum
    • 1997 – Taiwan – Sun Yat Sen Commemoration Hall
    • 1996 – Taiwan – Sun Yat Sen Commemoration Hall
    • 1995 – Malaysia – Metropolitan Art House
    • 1994 – Xi'an, China – Shensi History Museum
    • 1993 – Taiwan – Sun Yat Sen Commemoration Hall
    • 1992 – Beijing, China – Palace Museum
  • 1999 — Montréal, qc, ca — Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal, 1st Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy.
  • 1998 —
    • Montréal, qc, ca — Maison de la Culture du Plateau Mont-Royal
    • Montréal, qc, ca — Maison de la Culture Frontenac
  • 1994 — Montréal, qc, ca — Bibliothèque Municipale de Ville Saint-Laurent
  • 1993 — Montréal, qc, ca — Maison du Brasseur
  • 1993-91 — Montréal, qc, ca — Place Ville-Marie
  • 1992 —
    • Hong Kong — Hong Kong City Hall
    • Taiwan — Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

seal-fungcheung  Exhibitions with other Artists

  • 2004 — Montréal, qc, ca — Exhibition "Échange culturel peinture et calligraphie, Montréal-Province de Guandong" organized by La Ville de Montréal
  • 2003 — Xi'an, China — The 8th Calligraphy and Seal Carving Exhibition in the Forest of Stone Stelae Museum
  • 2002 — Guangzhou, China — World Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition organized by the Oversea Exchanges Association of Guangzhou
  • 2001 —
    • Tianjin, China — Well Known Overseas Calligrapher Exhibition, 2nd Edition of Calligraphy Art Festival
    • Hong Kong, China — Lingnam Art Institute Itinerary Exhibition hosted by the Lingnam Art Association of Hong Kong
  • 2000 — Tai Chung City, Taiwan — Exhibition of Selected Well-known Artists hosted by the Art and Literature Cultural Exchange Association in the Cultural Center of Tai Chung City
  • 1999 — Montréal, qc, ca — China Week hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Quebec Office, at Place Alexis Nihon
  • 1991,88,86,84,82 — Hong Kong — Biannual Exhibition of Xiao Feng Society of Arts, Hong Kong City Hall

seal-fungcheung  Awards

  • 2005 —
    • Beijing, China — Invited by the Ministry of National Affairs, China, Ngan Siu-Mui participate to the 1st International Calligraphy Exhibition of the Ngoc-On Cup and w as one of the speakers in the International Calligraphy Conference held in Beijing. An Honor Certificae of Contribution was awarded
    • Shaanxi, China — Honor Certificate for the Calligraphy works that were carved into stelae and collected by the Record of History Museum in Shaanxi
    • Seoul, Korea — Honor Certificate of Contribution from the Culture Art Research Institute for giving a seminar on Calligraphy and Creativity
  • 2002 —
    • Xianyan (near Xi'an), China — Honor Certificate awarded by the Calligraphy Stelae Committee of the Long Dam of Wei River. Invited by the Committee, her work was very well received and has been engraved in a stone stela
    • Tianjin, China — Honor Certificate from the Well Known Overseas Calligrapher Exhibition, 2nd Edition Calligraphy Art Festival
  • 2000 — Taiwan — Honor Certificate from the Arts Resides in Technology Key
  • 1999 —
    • Québec, qc, ca — Certificat Québécois de la citoyenneté pour le rapprochement culturel
    • Seoul, Korea — Medal of Excellence from the Asia Art Award Selection Committee
  • 1997 —
    • Harbin, China — Reward for her contribution to the International Artistic Exchange from the Art Museum of Harbin
    • Montréal, qc, ca — Invited to the première of Merging Colors in the Festival international des films d’Art de Montréal as one of the three prominent artists appearing in the film
  • 1995 —
    • Taiwan — Invitation from the Art Educaion Center and the Ministry of Educaion for the 14th All China Fine Arts Exhibitions
    • Seoul, Korea — Honorary Commemorative Letter from the 1995 Seoul International Calligraphy Symposium
  • 1991 —
    • Taiwan — Honor Certificate from the Art Educaion Center in the Four Seasons Art Exhibition
    • Taiwan — Certificate of Distinction from the Art Educaion Center for Ngan Siu-Mui Paintings’ Collection.
  • 1990 — Taiwan — Certificate of Distinction for her Solo Exhibition hosted by the Art Educaion Center in Taiwan
  • 1989 —
    • Taiwan — Certificate from the Art Educaion Center and the Ministry of Educaion confirming the invitation to join the 12th All China Fine Arts Exhibition
    • Taiwan — Honorary Certificate related to the collection of her painting by the Art Educaion Center
  • 1988 — Ottawa, on, ca — Canadian Immigration Status delivered under the category of Professional Artist with a Cultural Contribution to Canada

seal-fungcheung  Involvement in the Community

Since her arrival in Montreal in 1988, Ngan Siu-Mui has been involved in the Chinese Community and the Art Community. At times columnist in the Chinese Press and in the Chinese News, she took also part in many cultural and social activities.

  • 2003-1991 — Montréal, qc, ca — President of the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal
  • 2002 — Montréal, qc, ca — Organizer of the 3rd Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy in Montreal, in collaboration with the McCord Museum
  • 2002-1999 — Montréal, qc, ca — Organizer of the "Journées de la culture" held in the premisses of the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal
  • 2000 — Montréal, qc, ca — Organizer of the 2nd Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy in Montreal, in collaboration with the McCord Museum and Maison de la culture Frontenac
  • 1998 — Montréal, qc, ca —
    • Organizer of the 1st Edition of the Month of Chinese Calligraphy held in the premisses of the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal
    • As President of the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal Ngan Siu-Mui organized the 7th Exhibition of the International Calligraphy Union. More than 350 artworks from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom were exhibited; 65 artists from all over the world took part in the exhibition, banquet and a fabulous Tea Ceremony performed by Master Easun Lin from Taiwan
    • Fund raising and donation of artworks to support the Montreal Chinese Lion Club and the Foundation of the Montreal Chinese Hospital
    • Cultural Counsellor to the Cultural Component of Canada's Year of Asia-Pacific
  • 1998,97 — Montréal, qc, ca — Donation of artworks to support the Foundation of the Montreal Chinese Hospital
  • 1997 — Montréal, qc, ca — Member of the Jury and Counsellor to the Comité consultatif du Québec in the Cultural Component of Canada's Year of Asia-Pacific
  • 1996 — Montréal, qc, ca —
    • Performance of Tea Ceremony organized by the McCord Museum
    • Exhibition and donation of artworks to support the Foundation of the Montreal Chinese Hospital in Queen Elizabeth Hotel
  • 1995 — Montréal, qc, ca —
    • Main artist in the film Merging Colours, Multi-World Productions
    • Workshops of Chinese Calligraphy, Musée Marcil
  • 1992 — Montréal, qc, ca — Member of the organizing Committeee for the Exhibition of Chinese Origin Artists Work in the Montreal Botanica Garden
  • 1991 — Montréal, qc, ca — Founder of the Traditional Chinese Culture Society of Montreal
  • 1991-81 — Hong Kong — President of Xiao Feng Society of Arts

seal-fungcheung  The Press

  • 2004 — Montréal West Island, qc, ca — "Ngan Siu-Mui is a consummate artist who lives to create beauty, teach others to create and learn about the richness of the traditional art of her native land and to share her love of art with those who appreciate art." ‒ [John Killingbeck, The Chronicle]
  • 1998 — Montréal, qc, ca — "Writing an authoritative book on Chinese calligraphy canot be achieved without a comprehensive approach, a perfect mastery of basic techniques and a deep knowledge of Chinese characters. Author Ngan Siu-Mui possesses these skills, being a world-renowned artist herself. Her writing style shows all the passion and fascination she feels towards this art form which traces its roots thousands of years ago.Ngan’s publish of Chinese calligraphy, Abstract Art, Mind-Painting." ‒ [Gilles Vincent, Director of Montreal Botanical Garden]
  • 1988 — Montréal, qc, ca —
    • ❝ The inspiration of your art
    • Was like a distant vista
    • Opening behind a morning mist
    • Until in our own halls
    • We were sometimes uncertain
    • Of the old realities
    • And our thoughts took flight
    • And sped towards the farthest peak❞
    • [ Dr. Arthur Tucker, Dean, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vanier College, Montreal]
  • 1984 — Saskatoon, sk, ca —
    • "To fully appreciate the art of Ngan Siu-Mui, one would need to be a philosopher as well as a scholar of Chinese traditions and a lover of the arts." [S. Robertson, Columnist ‒ Arts Column, Star Phoenix, Saskatoon]
    • "The painting style exhibited was a breath of fresh air or inspiration. She was able to awe the public with her highly developed and subtle technique." [Report on the January 1984 exhibition, Asian Cultural Society, Saskatchewan]
  • 1988 — Singapore, Malaysia —
    • "Ngan Siu-Mui is talented and has the qualities of a great master. There is a definite composition as well as harmony in her flower and animal paintings. She has aptly and fully revealed the elegance of the Lingnam School of painting. Apart from painting, she also does calligraphy, poetry and sealcaving ଎ indicaing her versatility. All these combine to produce a realm of superbness.଎. Ngan Siu-Mui is a genuine artist who ca devote her time and energy to create new realms of expression." Mai He, Renowned art critic ‒ The People's Biweekly Journal of Singapore]
    • "Ngan is celebrated in the Hong Kong art circle. She has won prestige not only through her achievement in the Lingnam style of painting, but through her versatility in poetry, calligraphy, painting and seal caving. This combined genius is exceptionally rare among modern Chinese Painters." [Ching Siao – Columnist ‒ Malaysian Thung Pau Daily]