Chong Yan Chuah (B. 1992, Malaysia) is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in Kuala Lumpur. His body of work touches various mediums ranging from digital art, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation – often dialoguing with one another through a mis-en-scène. Coming from an architectural background, his main interest lies at the intersection between the physical environment in which we live in, and the fictional worlds that he creates, challenging the perception of space, reality and experience. Inspired by the idea of an escape, each world serves as an extension of the real life, or an allegory of his emotional state – rather than a creation of a new reality. The otherworldly feels, characters, and elements found in his digital works are results of his playful approach towards art-making – seeking to experiment around the concept of artist as explorer; one who discovers and reveals the unknown. He experiment on art and worldbuilding in the space of AANTS.WORLD with friends.

Chong Yan studied architecture at Newcastle University, and then at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, receiving the 2014 RIBA President’s Medals nomination and AA Scholarship. He founded Somnii, an art direction, digital imagination and research studio. As an artist, his works have been exhibited and collected internationally. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of British Architects, NTU Singapore, and National Museum of Singapore. His past work include, 27 Years of Lazarian Delights, and FAC3D.



SOLO EXHIBITION
2021

[ FAC3D. What if we kissed at the intersection between Art, Writing, and Technology? ] The Backroom. The Zhongshan Building. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[ 27 Years of Lazarian Delights ] The Backroom. The Zhongshan Building. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



GROUP EXHIBITION
2021

[ The Poisoned Beast of Dead Looms ] NEW WEAVE. Maybank Foundation. Chan + Hori Contemporary / The Unusual Network. National Museum of Singapore


2020

[ The Foot Beneath the Flower: Camp. Kitsch. Art. Southeast Asia ] ADM Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

[ Bodycathexis ] Wonderwall. The Backroom. The Zhongshan Building. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[ Kyphosis ] The Backroom. The Zhongshan Building. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] ZARCH gallery space. Singapore. SAW.

[ 27 Years of Lazarian Delights ] The Backroom. The Zhongshan Building. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


2019

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Bizarre Xmas Festival. Eko Cheras Mall. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Urbanscape. Immersio. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Parallel Screens. Hermes Artes Visuais. Sao Paulo, Brasil.

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Parallel Screens. Nova. Berkaer Str.11. Weimar, Germany.

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Parallel Screens.1805 Gallery. San Diego, California. USA.

[ Fragments of Lazarian Delights ] Parallel Screens. Porto Vista Hotel. San Diego, California. USA.

[ The Under Belly of Mr. Kupa ] 251st RA Summer Exhibition. Royal Academy of Arts. London, UK.

[ Lion Head ] Noise Giffest 2019. Blk 7 Lock Road. Gillman Barracks. Singapore.


2018

[ Luyong-Poli ] 250th RA Summer Exhibition. Royal Academy of Arts. London, UK.

2017

[ 27 Years of Lazarian Delights ] Architectural Association Summer Exhibition. 36 Bedford Square, London, UK.

[ Aisha’s Asylum ] Archdialy, 2017 Fairy Tales Competition.

[ The Island of ‘Made-In’ ] 14th Kinofilm International Short Film Festival. Manchester, UK.

[ The Island of ‘Made-In’ ] Frostbite International Film Festival, Finalist. Colorado Springs, Colorado, US.

2016

[ The Island of ‘Made-In’ ] Architectural Association Summer Exhibition. 36 Bedford Square, London, UK.

[ Eflorescence ] SHOWstudio, QIC Global Real Estate. Fashion Film Award Submissions.


2015

[ Beauty in Grotesque ] The RIBA President’s Medals. United Kingdom & International tour.

[ Beauty in Grotesque ] RIBA President’s Medal. The Practice Space, RIBA, 66 Portland Pl. London, UK.

2014

[ Beauty in Grotesque ] Architecture Degree Show. Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

[ Beauty in Grotesque ] Clerkenwell Gallery, The Crypt on the Green. London, UK.


EDUCATION
2015-17

AA Dipl. Architectural Association School of Architecture. [ RIBA/ARB Part II ] London, UK.


2011-14

BA ( Hons ) Architecture. [ RIBA/ARB Part I ] Newcastle University. Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, UK.