I graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) Fine Art Department in 1994. There, I had the most tremendous and inspiring 3 years of education. I chose to study in MIA because of its great reputation as the best art college in Malaysia.
During my time in MIA, the Fine Art Department allowed me to explore different medium, different conceptual and theoretical ideas, freedom to experiment with new techniques and to be more creative. The Department also had allowed me to become an independent thinker and learner. I would describe the MIA Fine Art Department as a great place for me to develop and explore my self-individuality.
The quality of instruction in MIA Fine Art Department is genuinely creative and unique. There were so many amazing and passionate lecturers. They cared deeply about the journey of every student. I am very grateful for their guidance, patience, inspiration, passion, enthusiasm for the arts as it helped in shaping who I am as an artist and as an individual. I loved the Fine Art course that I had attended there, it was absolutely fantastic.
Diploma in Fine Art 2015-2017 (Convocation 2018- Most Outstanding Student Award)
I want to start by thanking all my lecturers who have put up with me throughout my time at MIA. You taught me more than what is in that English or history book; You are making a difference and impacting so many lives. So, thank you for teaching me not only in the classroom, but outside of it, as well. Thank you for believing in me and preparing me for this wonderful learning journey. Thank you for always encouraging me to try my best and for never giving up on me.
Nominee – Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum. (2011 & 2014)
Receipient – Royal Over-Seas League Visual Arts Travel Scholarships 2009, United Kingdom.
Finalist – Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong. (2007, 2008 & 2009)
Finalist – Louis Vuitton Art Prize, Hong Kong (2007)
Jurors Award – Malaysia Young Contemporaries 2006, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Asian Artists Fellowships, Freeman Foundation Vermont Studio Center Award, USA. (2006)
Selected Prize – The 12th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition,
The Mayor of Beppu Prize – The Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art, Beppu Art Museum, Beppu, Oita, Japan. (2005)
Top 5 Winner – Philip Morris Malaysia-ASEAN Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2003)
Chan Thim Choy曾添才1998年开始在隆中华担任美术老师，奉献教育界21年，引导学生提升自己的鉴赏能力及教会学生如何发现美的存在。
I studied fine art (major in painting) in Malaysian Institute of Art from 1993 to 1996. I enjoyed immensely my time there. It was a place for people who likes to draw, for people who constantly doodle on their notepads, for people who dream and express themselves through art as well as wishing to make a career out of it.
It was there that I honed my skills as a draughtsman and learned to recognise that colours, shapes and forms can be assembled together into an infinity of ways to communicate a wide variety of human experiences. My experience at MIA helped me on my way to become an artist, which looks easy but actually is not. My heartfelt gratitude to the lecturers, who are themselves artists, who guided me in this quest.