Alex Ong

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Alex Ong Boon Hau (Chinese: 翁文豪; born 1951) is a Malaysian painter.[1] Most of his paintings have naturalistic elements, and often depict plants from the wild,[2] such as the yarrow.[3]


Born 1951[4] in Muar, Johor, Malaysia,[3] Ong attended the Kuala Lumpur College of Art and graduated in 1977.[5] Since then, he has held at least seven solo exhibitions, the first of which being in 1994.[5] Ong has received two awards from the Malaysian Watercolour Society, one in 1987 and another in 1990, in recognition of his watercolour rock paintings.[3] Ong's works have been cited as being able to "conjure up a romantic expression of life and love", such as the paintings in his 2008 exhibition titled Romance.[6] His third solo exhibition, Seasons 2, which was held in 2002 as a follow-up to 1999's Seasons, reportedly took three years to complete.[7] A member of the Singapore Watercolour Society,[8] he visits New Zealand at least once every year to seek inspiration for his paintings.[3]


  1. ^ "Alex Ong Boon Hau". Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alex Ong - Biography". ArtFacts. Retrieved May 10, 2013.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c d Ooi, Kok Chuen (October 25, 2007). "A mad, mad love affair". The Star. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Alex Ong Boon Hau (Malaysian, 1951)". MutualArt. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saturday events". The Star. July 5, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Alex Ong Boon Hau – Seasons". ArtFacts. Retrieved May 10, 2013.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Members". Singapore Watercolour Society. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved May 11, 2013.