Born in Borneo in a small village, I always loved interacting and connecting with people of all ages, races & cultures. I dreamed of traveling the world, meeting interesting people of different races, religions and learning their cultures. I moved to Singapore at the age of 13. At 19 I went to London to further my education. I traveled around England & Europe (Holland, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Scotland and Ireland) while living in London. It was a wonderful experience & education on European arts and cultures.

After London, I returned to Singapore to work. I traveled throughout Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Burma and Australia). In 1995 during a trip to Myanmar (Burma), I had a beautiful spiritual “aha” moment connecting with the cultures & people in the village in Bagan. l moved to Hong Kong in 1996 to further my education in Chinese calligraphy, Chinese watercolor on rice paper, drawings & oil paintings.

In 1999, I moved to NYC and enrolled in a work study program at The National Academy of Fine Arts & Museum. I worked a few days a week in the museum and studied fine art, art history, drawing, printmaking, watercolor & painting at the Academy for 3 years. I also attended the Art Student League Academy where artists namely de Kooning, Pollack, Gorky, Hoffman have studied & instructed.

I love New York City. It’s a melting pot for many wonderful nationalities, religions, races and cultures which inspire me immensely in my art work.

Currently my art consists of three different series: The “Olympix”, The Abstract Organic CP & The Portrait.

The “Olympix” Series abstractly represents people connecting with one another. The multi-color ellipses represent people of different colors and races connecting with one another, creating understanding, tolerance and harmony.

The Abstract Organic CP series are paintings relating to connections with our surrounding and environment.

The Portraits series are studies and observations of the complex human behavior and emotions.

These oil paintings have the common theme of connecting with people & interacting with their environments.

I have exhibited in solo & group exhibits in Hong Kong (The Hong Kong Convention Center), In New York at The Cork Gallery, The Avery Fisher Hall, The Park Avenue Atrium, The National Academy juries show, The New York Public Library, The Southampton Culture Center, East Hampton Artist Studio & ARC Gallery Chelsea NYC.

Currently I am working on expanding my art projects, mainly the three series in NYC and East Hampton.

I am honored to have art collectors from all over the world supporting my art.

Ang-Ray