Enlisted in “100 Painters of Tomorrow,” published by Thames & Hudson Ltd in 2014, Wong Xiang Yi is passionate and curious about gender issues. In this exhibition, she continually explores ‘Boy’s Love’, a sub-culture of Japanese Manga. She postulates that the ‘Boy’s Love’ culture could serve as a window for us to understand the behaviour of younger generation in the contemporary age. Her paintings portray the intimacy and brevity of closeness between friends of same sex, a subject she has been most casually peeking into, to avoid being at odds, hoping to discover the bonds and ties that bind these relationships together. Her painterly style delves closely to the Art Nouveau posters formalised by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Vietnamese silk paintings while the influence of her Ling Nan training as well as her interest in Nihonga could also be spotted.
Wong Xiang Yi, born in 1987, Kuala Lumpur, has completed her year long residency with Rimbun Dahan in 2018. She received the degree in fine art from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010, subsequently Master in Fine Art from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2016. Since then she has had numerous exhibitions in both countries as well as in Thailand and London. She majors in ink painting, which has enabled her to create a hybrid between traditional Ling Nan style and Nihonga, the Japanese painting style.