Koon Wai Bong received his B.A. and M.F.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his D.F.A. from the RMIT University. Koon attained “Rising Artist Award” in 2003, the “Merit” from the “National Exhibition of Arts, China” in 2004, and ‘Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award’ in 2009. In addition, he joined the “International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen” in 2010, “Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial” in 2012, and the “New Ink” exhibition at the Sotheby’s Gallery in 2013, and the Chinese Contemporary Ink at The James Christie Room in 2014.
Besides, he held the TRANSpose as a solo show at The Museum of East Asian Art, UK in 2013, and widely exhibited his artworks in museums, galleries and art fairs across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, US, UK, Germany and Singapore. His artwork has been garnered by galleries, museums, art organisations and private collections such as M+, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Wharf Group in Hong Kong, J. Safra Sarasin Group in Singapore, Ben Brown Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Creative: Chinese art, ink painting, ink art, contemporary Chinese art
Research: Hong Kong ink painting
“A Tale of Two Cities”, Hong Kong Arts Centre & Shanghai Wenyi Fazhan Zhongxin
“Plentitude in Commonality”, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
“The Past is Continuing”, Hong Kong Heritage Museum
“Wearing Our Identity”, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong
“Hong Kong Water and Ink”, Guan Shanyue Art Museum
“Visions of the Present”, Christie’s
“Meditations in Nature”, Ben Brown Fine Arts
“Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012”, Hong Kong Museum of Art
“Now & Then”, Grotto Fine Art
“MINDSCAPE”, AO Vertical Art Space
“TRANSpose”, Museum of East Asian Art, UK
“Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial”, Taipei
“National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall”, Taipei,
“LOUD”, Kassel, Germany,
“Picturing Mountains and Streams”, Grotto Fine Art,
Reworking the Classics: Revitalization of Guohua, Traditional Chinese Painting, in Search of Contemporaneity. D.F.A. diss., RMIT University, 2011.
Koon Wai Bong: Reworking the Classics. Hong Kong: Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2010. ISBN 978-988-19665-1-3 (This refereed publication has been assessed by international academics)
Rethinking of Bimo: The Significance of Bimo in Chinese Painting. M.F.A. diss., The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002.
‘Outstanding Young Researcher’, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University,
Selected to the “Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial”
“Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award”, Hong Kong Museum of Art
“Faculty / School Performance Award”, from the Hong Kong Baptist University,
Invited to “The Seventh International Ink Painting Biennial”, Shenzhen,
Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art,
Invited to “The Eleventh National Exhibition of Arts”, China,
With my experiences as an ink artist and an educator at tertiary level for years, my teaching philosophy is to assist my students to recognise the essence of the great tradition of Chinese art, yet not compromise with their sense of contemporaneity.