How It All Started


KY Huang was born in a post-war colonial Singapore in the year 1948. The period that he grew up in was relatively laid back and stress free. School only lasted half the day and after that it was “all play”. Most Singaporeans, in those days, lived in wooden houses with zinc roofs, shophouses or kampungs. There were trees bearing fruits everywhere and canals doubled up as swimming pool. Life was easy and the main aim was to have fun!

KY HUANG (How It Started)

Even at a tender age, Huang used to sketch and paint.Society, however, did not see painting as a rewarding vocation and therefore, he did not think of pursuing it.


As an undergraduate, he assisted grandmaster Lee Man Fong during exhibitions. He developed his interest in art a great deal and learnt the finer points in art composition, balance and form. After graduation, Huang pursued a corporate career but continued to acquire art on a regular basis. He befriended many of Singapore’s pioneering artists of the time.


Upon retirement in 2007, in pursuit of his first love, he started an art gallery with some friends. He travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia building up a stable roster of emerging artists. As he continued to manage them, he observed that while many of them had formal art education and good technical skills, most seemed to lack the “feel, instinct and eye” to create winning compositions and concepts.


He mentored some of these artists and shared his knowledge. There were evident improvement in the works and concepts of these artists. Encouraged by this, Huang decided to start conducting workshops for People’s Association and helped put together a successful exhibition at Chingay 2011.


As with everything else he does, Huang pursued his quest with fervour, discipline and commitment. Rodin and Ju Ming, the two grate sculptors inspired him greatly, the former for his classical style and the latter for his dynamic rendition of Tai Chi poses. He was pursued and inspired to birth an art style that was unique to himself.


He alternated between sculpting and painting to maintain his zeal and creativity, and continues to do so. Huang is playful and spirited in nature.This attribute comes across very evidently in his artworks.


Despite having gone through various heart procedures recently, Huang continues to sketch and create foralmost ten hours a day. He credits his energy, creativity and talent to his creator, God.


“Humility is the key to learning and with faith in God, all things are possible. Good art should relate to its audience positively.”

– KY Huang