Cheng Ting Ting

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Cheng Ting Ting
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Sha Tin District, Hong Kong
CitizenshipHong Kong
EducationBA in Visual Arts
Alma materHong Kong Baptist University
OccupationContemporary artist

Cheng Ting Ting (Chinese: 鄭婷婷; b. 1990) is a contemporary artist from Hong Kong[1]. Her oeuvre includes primarily oil paintings and drawings[2][3], but also prints[4], artists' books[5], collages and projections[6][7]. Cheng’s works are personal and often about memories from her childhood and adolescence, as well as sights and objects from her daily life[8][6][9]. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong and Norway, and is represented by Gallery EXIT

Early life and education

Born in 1990, Cheng Ting Ting grew up in Sha Tin District of Hong Kong[2]. Cheng’s affinity for art began at an early age, and remained unabated as she continued to study visual arts in high school and university. As a third-year student, she went abroad for an exchange programme at Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy—an experience that Cheng cited as having a significant impact on her road to self-discovery[7]. In 2013, Cheng graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, winning the AVA Award at the graduation exhibition[1].

Cheng is a full-time artist with a studio in Fo Tan[7][10]. She worked briefly as a full-time assistant designer at a marketing and communications firm after graduation[7][11]. Apart from working at her studio, she also teaches art to young children ages two to four at Art in Hospital on a part-time basis[10].

Artistic practice

Cheng draws inspiration from her daily life, and uses her personal experiences to reflect on and make connections to larger themes and questions of interest[8][7][10][12]. Her works often involve childhood and adolescent memories, and deal with feelings of isolation and detachment[2][3][8][9][13]. Painting from visual memory, Cheng employs dynamic brushstrokes and varied colour palettes to render depictions of people, objects and events onto the canvas[3][10][13]. Rather than realistic portrayals, she prefers conveying personal, surreal impressions of her subjects; as such, her works are often described as “autobiographical.”[3][9][10][13] According to the statement of her most recent solo exhibition Recipient Absent (2019), what Cheng “paints become tools to investigate her own condition and place in the world.”[9]

In an early solo exhibition Fall In Fall Out (2017), she explored the conflicting desires between individuality and social conformity[8][13], while in Enfante (2017), she examined the disconnect between her adult and younger self which she saw as separate entities. In the latter exhibition, her works also took on a child-like quality both in technique and colour, drawing upon her observations as an art educator for young children in conjunction with her own childhood memories[2][3][6][12].

Cheng chooses to paint in oil, because she enjoys its slow and abstract process, and its relative passivity compared to other art forms[2][3][12]. In an interview with CoBo Social, she explains: “...painting is passive, there is a safe distance between the art and viewer. Sometimes, with more conceptual art, you feel that the artist is trying to push you to look at the work through a certain prism.”[3] Of her painting process, Cheng describes, “I used to make rough sketches first; now, I directly create on the canvas, allowing my brush to outline the composition in step with my thoughts. My creations are formed in hindsight, and are not determined first by a theme or concept."[10] Cheng cites twentieth-century Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, who is best known for his contemplative still-life paintings[14], as an inspiration[3][10]. Her preference for painting is au contraire to fellow contemporary artists of her generation, who are experimenting with installation and multimedia arts[2][3]. Apart from painting, Cheng also regularly sketches in ink and pencil[2].

In the media

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cheng Ting Ting". Gallery EXIT 安全口. Retrieved 2020-03-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Karacs, Sarah (2017-07-06). "Inside the Heads of Hong Kong's Pressure-Cooker Youth: Artist Cheng Ting Ting's New Paintings". Zolima CityMag. Retrieved 2020-03-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Lee, Christie (2017-07-11). "Cheng Ting Ting — Why not Childish?". CoBo Social. Retrieved 2020-03-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Cheng Ting Ting". Bo Editions. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  5. "Art books". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Enfante". K11 Art Foundation. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 陳, 奉京 (2017-07-06). "【專訪】在「參差」中走自己的路 鄭婷婷把自己扔到不安全中". HK01. Retrieved 2020-03-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Cheng Ting Ting: Fall In Fall Out 鄭婷婷《集合之前,解散之後》". Gallery EXIT 安全口. Retrieved 2020-03-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Cheng Ting Ting: Recipient Absent 鄭婷婷: 《收件人不在》". Gallery EXIT 安全口. Retrieved 2020-03-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Chow, Veronica (2019-03-25). "鄭婷婷:在混亂之中找到的舒適空間". Vogue Hong Kong. Retrieved 2020-03-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Artist | Cheng TingTing". mobart. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Hutton, Mercedes (2017-07-11). "Artist Cheng Ting Ting explores childhood creativity in new solo show". Home Journal. Retrieved 2020-03-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Nam, Ye Eun. "Fall In Fall Out Cheng Ting Ting". ArtAsiaPacific. Retrieved 2020-03-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "A Backward Glance: Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters". Guggenheim Bilbao. Retrieved 2020-03-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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