Chua Say Hua graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 with a Diploma of Fine Arts, and then with High Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994. He obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Arts from Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1997. He has exhibited internationally with 9 solo shows to his name, and obtained several prizes from the UOB Painting of the Year competition, Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards and Philippe Charriol Foundation. In 2001, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore.
I work primarily with Chinese ink to create contemporary interpretations of modern subject such as urban landscape, old buildings as well as abstract compositions based on nudes in my earlier â€œNudes in Landscapeâ€ series and recent ink field works which try to push the boundary of what ink on paper can create. My paintingsâ€™ strength lies in the bold use of brush strokes with various effects created by different types of brushes such as the less conventional feather brushes. My creative processes are informed by both traditional Chinese ink and Modern Western strategies such as mark-making. The objective is to enable new artistic surfaces to be created and expressiveness articulated.