Born in Xiamen
1933 - 1935
Studied under Lim Hak Tai in Xiaman Academy of Fine Arts
Moved to Shanghai, studied at Xinhua Academy of Fine Arts
Studies stopped due to war
First solo exhibition of watercolours in China
Left China and visited Hong Kong and Taiwan, stayed in Macau for 6 months
Moved to Singapore
Started lecturing at NAFA, taught landscapes, still lifes, and figure composition in oil, watercolour, and ink media
Started teaching at Chinese High School
23 Nov -2 Dec: Participated in An Exhibition of Paintings by Four Singapore Artists: Liu Kang, Chen Chong Swee, Chen Wen Hsi, Chong Soo Pieng, organized by the Singapore Art Society and held in the British Council
June - Aug: Trip to Bali
7 - 15 Nov: Participated in the landmark exhibition Four Artists in Bali
18 July: Exhibited in Imperial Institute of London, organised by Singapore Art Society
9 Oct: Yi Zheng’s article ‘Notes on Malayan Painter Cheong Soo Pieng’ was published
in Nanyang Siang Pau
11 - 20 Oct: Held solo exhibition Cheong Soo Pieng: Singapore Art Society at the British Council Gallery, sponsored by the Singapore Art Society and opened by Loke Wan
13 Oct: Marco Hsu’s article ‘The Starting Point of Soo Pieng’s Practice’ was published
in Nanyang Siang Pau
15 Oct: Cai Wenchou’s article ‘Thoughts After Viewing Cheong Soo Pieng’s Exhibition’ published in Sinchew Jit Poh
23 Oct: Michael Sullivan’s translated article ‘Cheong Soo Pieng’s Paintings’ published in
Nanyang Siang Pau
11- 14 Dec: Held a solo exhibition of 120 paintings in British Council, Kuala Lumpur, sponsored by the Federation of Malaya Arts Council
5 - 17 Jan: Held solo exhibition of 150 paintings in Hui Aun Association, Penang, sponsored by Penang Arts Council
- A 17x15ft painting commissioned for $3,000 by Telephone Board to be hung in City Exchange Building was exhibited at Singapore Constitution Exposition
- Visited Sarawak and held an exhibition in Borneo
Stopped lecturing at NAFA and Chinese High School
18 Oct: Left Singapore for Europe
Travelled through London, Cornwall, Scotland, Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, and Munich
14 - 28 March: Held solo exhibition at Frost & Reed Gallery, London
- Held solo exhibition at Galerie Schöniger, Munich
- Represented Singapore at Commonwealth Art Today organized by SAS, held at Commonwealth Institute in London
- Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
- Christopher Salvesen reviewed Soo Pieng’s exhibition in The Arts Review
Feb: Featured in Free World magazine
23 April - 17 May: Held solo exhibition at Redfern Gallery, London
June: Held solo exhibition at Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford
19 July: Returned to Singapore
30 Oct - 7 Nov: Held solo exhibition at Victoria Memorial Hall, organized by Singapore Art Society, opened by Loke Wan Tho
30 Oct: Cao Shuming’s article ‘The Creative Style of Artist Cheong Soo Pieng’, published in the Nanyang Siang Pau
31 Oct: Frank Sullivan’s feature ‘The man half-way across the bridge’ was published.
4 Nov: Chen Xuehong’s feature ‘Review of Cheong Soo Pieng’s exhibition’ was published in Sinchew Jit Poh.
Jan: Held solo exhibition at Chatham Galleries, Hong Kong
3 - 8 June: Set up studio at 28A Zion Road, Singapore 1024.
Held small exhibition to mark the occasion
29 July - 8 Aug: Held solo exhibition at British Council Centre, Kuala Lumpur, organised by Arts Council Malaysia
7 paintings were exhibited in the Malaysian Art Exhibition at Commonwealth Arts Festival in Glasgow (Sept) and Dublin (Nov)
Exhibited in Malaysian Art Exhibition in London (Jan), Cologne (April/May), Berlin (Jul/Aug), Hamburg (Sep/Oct).
9 - 16 Aug: Held solo exhibition at Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Exhibited in Malaysian Art Exhibition in St. Etienne (Jan) and Paris (Apr)
1 - 28 Feb: Held solo exhibition and first retrospective Twenty Years of His Art in National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, exhibiting 250 works
21 - 26 April: Exhibited in Sculpture 67, Singapore’s first sculpture show,
at the National Library, Singapore
26 July - 12 Aug: Held solo exhibition of 30 paintings at Rudy Koman Gallery, Sydney, sponsored by Malaysia-Singapore Airlines and Rudy Koman Galleries of Sydney
- Held solo exhibition at Grand Centre Art Gallery, Brisbane.
- Exhibited at Five Singapore Sculptors, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
- Exhibited at Works of 68, Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
1 - 4 Nov: Exhibited at Second Singapore Sculpture Exhibition, Victoria Memorial Hall
17 Oct: Exhibited at Alpha Gallery’s inaugural 12-man exhibition
16 Sept: Exhibited at 12-man exhibition at Alpha Art Gallery, commemorating the Gallery’s
1 - 15 June:
- Held solo exhibition at Rising Art Gallery, Telok Ayer
- Exhibited in ASEAN Mobile Art and Photographic exhibition
6 Nov - 5 Dec: Exhibited in Sculpture, National Museum Art Gallery
Held solo exhibition in East & West Art, Victoria, Australia; Hilton Hotel Gallery, Melbourne; Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
9 - 28 Aug: Exhibited in Singapore Artists Art Exhibition in Friendship House, Moscow
- Article ‘Building a Nanyang School of Art’ published in Sinchew Jit Poh.
- Held solo exhibition at Alpha Art Gallery, Taipei
11- 19 Oct: Held solo exhibition at British Council, Singapore
7 July: Exhibited in 5-Man Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery
16 Nov: Chen Xuehong’s article ‘Reading Mr. Cheong Soo Pieng’s Paintings’ was published
in Nanyang Siang Pau
- Held solo exhibition at National Art Gallery, Taipei
- T. K. Sabapathy’s article ‘Soo Pieng’s Style: The Nanyang Masters’ was published in
The Straits Times.
10 - 16 July: Exhibited in 6-Man Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery
1 July: Died of heart failure, buried at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery
- T. K. Sabapathy’s article ‘New Styles from a Turbulent Era’ was published in The Straits Times.
- Low Khee Choon’s article ‘Cheong Soo Pieng, who established the Nanyang School of Art’ was published in Lianhe Zaobao.
11- 27 Nov:
- Paintings exhibited in Third Pioneer Artists of Singapore Exhibition
- Tan Tee Chie’s article ‘Thoughts on an Exhibition of the Late Cheong Soo Pieng’s Works’ published in Lianhe Zaobao.
- Cheong Soo Pieng Retrospective was held at the National Museum Art Gallery.