李曼峰 LEE MANFONG (1913-1988)

Born in Guangzhou, China, Lee Man-Fong moved to Singapore at an early age. Subsequently, he resided in Indonesia for over 35 years and was nationalised in 1961. He is one of the most important Avant-Grade artist of Southeast Asia. After 1940 Fong devoted himself full-time to painting. He visited Bali, working briefly there, and held solo shows in Jakarta and Bandung. Fong quickly gained recognition for his paintings of Balinese subjects, many influenced by the work of Willem Hofker. In 1949 Fong was awarded a Malino scholarhip to study art in the Dutch Netherlands. He was there for three years, and then returned to Indonesia where his talent was acknowledged by President Soekarno, to whom he became an art advisor. From 1955 to 1961 Fong served as the chairman of Yinhua Meishu Xiehui (Society of Chinese Artists in Indonesia). From 1961 to 1966 he served as court painter at the presidential palace. In 1964, Lee Man Fong, together with Lim Wasim, compiled a 5-volume edition of the Soekarno Collection, which also featured many of his own works.

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