Poh Siew Wah

Poh Siew Wah artist Singapore portrait web

Poh Siew Wah (Born 1948, Singapore)

Poh has been an artist, an art educator and a commissioned Singapore Post stamp designer for 50 years.

Honours/ Awards

1981 | Consolation Prize, Innovation in Art, SIA, Ministry of Culture, Singapore
1984/1989 | Highly Commended, UOB Painting of The Year
1984/1985 | Commended, Australian Art Award, Singapore
1984/87/88 | Distinction in Creative Art Award, NAFA Alumni, Singapore
1987 | Tan Tze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society
1990 | IBM Merit Award, IBM Art Award, Singapore
1995 | Singapore International Foundation, Overseas Art Sponsorship Award
1995 | NAC Travel Grant, National Art Council, Singapore
2003 | 2nd Prize Abstract Art, Tan Tze Chor Award, Singapore Art Society
2005 | 1st Prize Art Award, NAFA Alumni, Singapore
2010 | 1st Prize Tan Tze Chor Art Award, Abstract Art, Singapore Art Society

Self-taught artist

1967-1982 | Art educator in government school
1983-1999 | Art educator at Nanyang Junior College (Art Elective Programme)
1984-1996 | Commissioned Singapore Post stamp designer
2001 | Commissioned Singapore Farrer Park Singapore MRT Mural, Rhythmic Exuberance


1. Certificate-in-Education, Art Specialised Principal Subject, Teachers’ Training College, Singapore, 1967-1970
2. National Trade Certificate in Applied Art (Advertising) VITB, Baharrudin Vocational Institute, 1970-1972
3. Advanced Certificate in Education with Distinction in Art Education Specialisation, Institute of Education, 1977-1979


1980 | Art In Action, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1984 | Lasting Images, Alliance Francaise, Singapore
1987 | Realism to Abstract, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1992 | Equilibrium, Notices, the Gallery, Hilton International Hotel Singapore
1992 | Equilibrium II, Notices, the Gallery, Hilton International Hotel Singapore
1995 | Poh Siew Wah, Court of Justice, Flensburg,Germany
2001 | Order & Reason, Art 2, the Gallery, MITA, Singapore
2012 | Cityscapes, A New Perspective, Momentous Art Gallery, Singapore
2018 | Ink Enchantment, EC Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2019 | Island In The Sun, Daiichi Art Space, Penang, Malaysia


2005 | Silence in Movement / Movement in Silence, Poh Siew Wah + Rainer Geburzyk, The Substation, Singapore


1963 | Singapore Art Society Annual Art Exhibition, Victoria Memorial Hall, Singapore
1979/80/81/82 | National Day Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery Singapore
1984 | 25 Years of Art in Singapore, National Museum Art Gallery Singapore
1987 | National Centenary Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1988 | The 2nd Decade, Masterpieces from Private Collections, Singapore Art Festival, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1988 | Asian Watercolours 88, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
1989 | Paris Salon, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1989 | Asian Watercolours, Bangkok, Thailand
1990 | Asian Watercolours, Beijing, China
1990 | Singapore Artists Speak, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1991 | 2nd ASEAN Symposium on Painting & Photography, Travelling Exhibition, ASEAN countries
1992 | New Space, Singapore-Vietnam Modern Art, Ho Chi-Minh City, Vietnam
1993 | 13 at Notices, Notices Gallery, Hilton International, Singapore
1993 | Places, Poems & Paintings, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1996 | 11th International Modern Art, Manila, Philippines
1997 | 12th International Modern Art, Centre de Actividades, Macau
1998 | Singapore-Chengdu Art Exchange, Chengdu Art Museum Sichuan, China
1999 | President Charity Show, Tanglin, Singapore
1999 | Singapore-Anhui Watecolours, Hefei, Anhui, China
2000 | Asian Watercolours, Tapei, Taiwan
2001 | The Power of Art of Mekong River, Bangkok, Thailand
2001 | Go-With-Flow, NAFA Gallery, Singapore
2003 | New Expression in Art, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan
2004 | ASEAN Japan Art Exchange, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 | New Expression in Art, Asian- Australia, Tainan, Taiwan
2005 | Holopis Kuntul Baris, Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
2005 | Art of the 2nd Generation, Singapore Art Show, NAFA
2006 | New Expression in Art, Asian, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 | Unique 9, Singapore Art Show, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2008 | Asian Watercolours, Neka Art Museum, Bali, Indonesia
2009 | Lushan International Watercolour Art Festival, Lushan, Jiangxi, China
2010 | Lushan International Watercolour Art Festival in Conjunction with China World Expo, Shanghai & Lushan
2011 | 8th International Art Festival Workshop, Poh Chang Arts Academy, Rajamangla University, Bangkok
2011 | 1st International Art & Design Conference & Workshop 2011, Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand
2012 | Contemporary Ceramic Art Workshop Residence, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2012 | Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Art Exhibition, National Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012 | International Water Media Masters, Nanjing, China
2012 | Journey, IWS, Asian Watercolours Safari Exhibition, Jakarta, Solo, Bali, Indonesia
2012 | 1st Ecorea Jeonbuk Biennale 2012, WanjuGun, Korea
2013 | 9th International Art Festival Workshop, Poh Chang Arts Academy, Rajamangla University, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 | 1st International Art Workshop, Institute of Mekong – Salween Civilisations Studies, Naresuan University, Phisanulok, Thailand
2013 | 12th Annual Art Workshop Exhibition, Lanna Art Instructors, Uttaradit Rajabhat University, Thailand
2013 | 1st Changzhou International Art Workshop Festival Exhibition, Huaxia Park Art Museum, Changzhou, China
2013 | Krabi International Art Workshop, Andaman Art Museum Thailand
2014 | The Nanyang Spirit, Singapore-India Cultural Exchange, Art Spice Gallery, New Delhi, India
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2014 | ASEAN Art Festival Workshop, Hua Hin, Thailand
2014 | 1st Langkawi International Art Biennale, Langkawi, Malaysia
2014 | Watercolour Today 2014, SWS 45th Annual Exhibition, MITA
2015 | Singapore-India Exchange Exhibition, MITA, Singapore
2015 | Visual Art for ASEAN, Nan/Bangkok Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2015 | Silk Journey to Art World Tour Exhibition, Millennium Monument Museum, Beijing, China
2015 | Shanghai International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Spring Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2015 | SG50 Cultural Landscapes of Singapore Watercolour Exhibition, MITA, Singapore
2015 | Contemporary Ceramic Art in Residence, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
2016 |15th Japan International Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2016 | PSU International Art Workshop, Princess Galyani University Institute of Cultural Studies, Pattani, Thailand
2016 | Eco from Nature, International Visual Art Exhibition, Hanoi, Danang, Vietnam
2016 | Asian Watercolour Workshop & Exhibition, Krabi Art Museum, Thailand
2016 | Myanmar-Thai-Singapore Watercolour Exchange Exhibition, Yangon Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar
2016 | Asian Watercolour Expressions, Bandung, Indonesia
2016 | 6th Art and Design ASEAN Workshop & Exhibition, Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, Thailand
2016 | 2016 China-Singapore 8 Painters Exchange Exhibition, EC Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2016 | Silk Journey to Art World Tour Exhibition, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore
2016 | Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Tainan City, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taiwan
2017 | 4 Singapore Contemporary Watercolour Artists Exhibition, EC Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2017 | Singapore-Suzhou Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Renewed Artists Exchange Exhibition, Suzhou, China
2017 | Masters’ Cut, Daiichi Art Space, Penang
2018 | Hanoi March Connecting, Hanoi, Vietnam
2018 | 3rd Malaysia Art Biennale 2018, Daiichi Art Space, Penang
2018 | One Belt, One Road, 6 Singapore Contemporary Artists, TaiFeng Exhibition Hall, Zhuhai, China
2018 | Macau International Cultural and Art Exhibition


Singapore Art Museum, Flensburg Stadtishe Museum, Germany, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, National Library, National Art Council, EDB, Trade & Development Board, SIA, OCBC, Schroder Investment Management, Singapore, DBS, Swiss Bank, UBAF Singapore, Singapore Oil Refinery, Tangs Singapore, Shaw Organisation, Ascendas Reit, Ascott Holding, Mt Alvernia Hospital, SingTelecomunications, Changzhou HuaXia Park Museum, China, Wanju-Gun Art Museum, Korea, Andaman Art Mueum, Krabi, Thailand, Poh Chang Arts Academy/Rajamangala University, Bangkok, Hua Hin, Thailand, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand, Naresuan and Uttaradit University, Thailand, Ratchadamneon Contemporary Art Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, Yangon Gallery, Myanmar, Beijing Yi Pu Culture Company, China, Renjiancihua, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China