Albert Chong (born 1958) is an artist of African and Chinese descent. His works are mainly photographs, but he also works with installations and sculptures. Chong states that the purpose of much of his art is to "represent and reanimate his family history."
Chong was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1958, and immigrated permanently to the United States in 1977. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1978 to 1981, and in 1981, Chong started his exhibiting career. In 1988, his family moved to San Diego, and Chong attended the University of California, San Diego. In 1991, Chong received his Master of Fine Arts degree from that university.
Chong's artwork consists mostly of photographs. His works deal with many topics, including the problems of African diaspora identity and Chong's own ancestry and identity. A page on his site describes the tropes and issues surrounding many of his works. Most of his photography is of still lifes, both in black-and-white and in color.
These links lead to galleries on Chong's official website.
- Black-and-white and color still lifes
- Throne for the Ancestors Series
- I-Traits (Self-Portraits)
Chong lives in the United States and has taught at several different colleges and universities. From 1982 to 1988, he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; from 1989 to 1991 at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California; and from 1996 to 1997 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
- 1992 - Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
- 1998 - Guggenheim Fellowship in photography
- 1998 - Pollock Krasner Grant
- "About The Artist" Albert Chong.com. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
- Hemmings, Brad T., "Albert Chong - Caribbean Hall of Fame", Caribbean Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
- Guh, Jessica. "Albert Chong". Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University. Retrieved 7 August 2008.