Ngee Ann Artist of the Year 2023: Dr Lim Poh Teck






Dr Lim Poh Teck, 61, is a Singaporean of Teochew Kityang descent and President of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Alumni Association, Singapore.

Dr Lim graduated from NAFA in 1987 and LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore in 1989, he now holds a PhD from Peking University (PKU) Beijing, China, a Masters in Arts (Media Art) from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (UNSW), Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Dr Lim has represented Singapore in various international workshops, Artists in Residence and Exhibitions. He has received numerous awards, including the Australian Art Award Scholarship in 1986, the Grand Prize in the 9th UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 1990 and “The Young Artist Award” from the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 1997, recognizing his outstanding achievements in the field of Arts. 


2007-2012         PhD in Art, Peking University, Beijing, China.

2005-2006        Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education

                       National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University,


1994-1995          Master of Art (Media Arts) College of Fine Arts, School of Media Art,

                           University of New South Wales, Australia.

1988-1989          Advance Diploma in Fine Arts, LASALLE  College of the Arts, Singapore.

1987                   City Art Institute, Sydney College of Advance Education, Australia.

                          (Australian Arts Award Scholarship)

1984-1987          Diploma in Fine Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.



2011                             ‘Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship’, NLB, Singapore

2007                             ‘Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarships’, Tan Kah Kee Foundation,Singapore

1986                               ‘Australian Art Award for Young Artists’, Winner of City Art Institute     Scholarship, Australia high commission, Singapore.

1990                           ‘ 9th Painting of The Years’ Award, Grand Prize, United Overseas Bank Group’s, Singapore.

1996                              ‘Singapore urbanart Competition 1996’, Judge’s Prize, Singapore.

1997                              ‘ Young Artist Award ’  National Arts Council, Singapore

Solo Exhibitions

1988                             ‘ Lim Poh Teck Retrospective Exhibition86-88’ National                  

                                      Museum  Art Gallery, Singapore.

1989                             ‘Lim Poh Teck Work Now’ , Art Base Gallery, Singapore.

1991                             ‘Work By Lim Poh Teck’ ,National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.

1995                              ‘Metamorphosis Through Time’, The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.

2003                              ‘Journey’ Nordica  International Culture centre, Kunming, China.

2015                            ‘Acculturate’, Utterly Gallery, Singapore

2016                            ‘Acculturate II’, Visual Art Centre, Singapore

2018                            ‘Acculturate III’, Visual Art Centre, Singapore


Selected Group Exhibitions

1986-2023 Numerous Local Exhibitions in Singapore.

1988           ‘6th ASEAN Youth Painting Workshop and Exhibition’, Brunei Darussalam.  

1989           ‘1th ASEAN Travelling Art Exhibitions’ ASEAN countries.

1989           ‘International Art Exhibition and Workshop’, Kuching, East Malaysia.

1989           ‘ARX 89-Metro Mania’ Australia and Regions Artist’s Exchange 1989),

                   Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth ,Western Australia.

1989-1990 ‘Where East Meets West’ – Contemporary Art of Singapore,

                  West Germany and Holland.

1990          ‘Modern Art Travels East-West’, Netherlands.       

1990          ‘5th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1990           ‘The New Generation in Contemporary Singapore Art’ ,

                   Singapore Contemporary Art Exhibition and Symposium,

                   ASIAN Culture Centre, Tokyo and Hitachi City, Japan.

1991           ‘Many in One – 25 Years of Singapore Art’ Travelling Exhibition,

                  Washington D.C., United States.

1992           ‘6th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Tagawa, Japan.

1992          ‘New Art from Southeast Asia 1992’ , Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima & Fukuoka, Japan.                  

1992          ‘7th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Bandurg, Indonesia.

1992-1993  ‘Eyes on Eyes’  (Eyes on ASEAN) Travelling Exhibition, ASEAN countries.

1993           ‘New Space’  Art Exhibition, Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam.

1993           ‘Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 93’ Bangladesh.

1993-1994 ‘3th Asian Travelling Art Exhibition’, Asian countries.

1994           ‘Window on Singapore Art’ Travelling Exhibition to China and Hong Kong.

1994-1995 ‘4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka’, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka ;

                  The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone ;

                  Akita Integrated Life Cultural Hall, Atorion Art Gallery  

                    (2F) , Akita ; Setagaya Art Museum , Tokyo ; Japan.

1994           ‘Works in process’  M.A. Show, College of Fine Arts,             

                   University of New South Wales. Sydney, Australia.

1995          ‘M. A. Show’  College of Fine Arts, University of New  South Wales,

                  Sydney, Australia.

1995           ‘Works in process’  The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.

1995           ‘Charity Art Exhibition – Auction’ ( for  victims of the earthquake in the Kobearea, Japan )  Osaka, Japan.

1995          ‘Works in process’  M.A. Show, Particle Exhibition Space, Sydney, Australia.

1995        ’10th Asian International Art Exhibition’, National Museum  Art Gallery, Singapore.

1995        ‘Mixed Nuts At Particle’ A group Exhibition of 25 Male Artists,

                 Particle Contemporary Exhibition Space, Sydney, Australia.

1996          ‘AQUA ASIA Exhibition’ Asian Art Exhibition, Rinku Town Takeoff Festival, Japan.

1996-1997   ‘URBANART # 5’ Parco Art Projects 1996,Tokyo, Japan.

1997           ‘The New Generation of Asian Art’, Fukoka Art Museum, Japan.

1999            ‘City/ Community : Singapore Art Today’,

                   Nokia Singapore Art 1999, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.     

  • ‘15th Asian International Art Exhibition’ Taian County Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taiwan.         

2000           Artist in Residence’  National Gallery of Victoria on Russell, Melbourne, Australia.

2001-2002 ‘16th Asian International Art Exhibition’ Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou ,China

2002           ‘17th Asian International Art Exhibition’,  Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Korea.

2003           ‘18th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Hong Kong  Museum of Art, Hong Kong.

2004           ‘19th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kyush Sangyo University Art Museum, Japan.

2005           ‘20th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Ayala Museum, Philippines.

2006           ‘21th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Singapore Arts Museum, Singapore.

2006           ‘ex-change’ Art Exhibition, Sculpture Square, Singapore.

2007           ‘Singapore Art Exhibition’, Singapore Art Show 2007   Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2007           ‘The Best of UOB’ ,Singapore Art Show 2007 ,    Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2007           ‘22th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Bandurg, Indonesia.

2008           23th Asian International Art Exhibition’

                     The University City Art Museum of  GuangZhou Academy of Fine Arts,

                    Guangzhou ,China.

2010              25th Asian International Art Exhibition’

                      Mongolia National Modern Art Gallery, Mongolia

2011             ‘26th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Hangaram Art Museun, Korea.

2013            ‘27th Asian International Art Exhibition’, Bangkok, Thailand.

2014             Modern Art Society Singapore 50th Anniversary Commemoration,

                      ION Art Gallery, Singapore.

2015             Visual Art for ASEAN. Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center,

                     Bangkok, Thailand.

2016             Group Exhibition of ASEAN-CHINA Academies of Fine Arts,

                     Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Tianjin China.

2017            Singapore Taiwan exchange exhibition 2017, Tainan, Taiwan.

2017            Imagomundi 3 Nations Show 2017(Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia),


2017           “Growth in Harmony & Cooperation”,

                     Asia Pacific International Exchange Art Exhibition, Singapore.

2017            Korean & Singapore International Fine Arts Exchange Art Exhibition,


2017           Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association, 42nd Anniversary  

                    Exhibition, Singapore

2018           “Singapore Artist Impression on Chongqing City”

                    Exhibition, Singapore China Culture Centre, Singapore

2018           “Modern and Beyond” 54th Modern Art Society Annual Exhibition,

                    ION Art Gallery, Singapore .              

2018           “Way of Art”Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts 80 Anniversary  

                    Exhibition, NAFA & Club NAFA, Singapore

2021           Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association, 46nd Anniversary  

                    Exhibition, Singapore.

2021           Korean International  Arts Exchange Exhibition, Korean.

2022           Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association, 47nd Anniversary  

                    Exhibition, Singapore

2022           ‘Beijing International Art Biennale 2022, Beijing, China.



Workshops and Symposiums

1988                              Retrospective Singapore in the ‘6th ASIAN youth                            

                                      Painting Workshop and Exhibition’, Brunei Darussalam.

1989                              Represented Singapore in ‘A R X 89-Metro Mania’                           

                                      (Australia and Regions Artist’s Exchange 1989 ),         

                                      Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia.

1990                              Represented Singapore in ‘Singapore Contemporary Art               

                                      Exhibition’ and Symposium in The Japan Foundation

                                      ASIAN Culture Centre Tokyo, Japan.

  •    ‘Edinburgh Summer School’

                                      Edinburgh College of Art, UK.   

2000                              Artist in Residence’  National Gallery of Victoria on Russell & ‘ Artist in School‘ Programme, Hawkesdale  ollege, Victoria, Australia. Singapore National Arts & Arts Victoria, Australia.

2013                             Asian artist Workshop, Krabi Thailand,

                                     ‘27th Asian International Art Exhibition Workshop,’9-17 Jan 2013.

2015                             Visual Art for ASEAN Workshop, Nan, Thailand.

 Public Art Projects

1988                              Singapore Festival of Arts-Fringe Program : ‘Step on Art’ .

                                      Ministry of Community Development, Singapore.      

1997-2002                    ‘ Arts in Architect‘, Singapore MRT Project :

                                      Boon Keng Station, North  East  Line,

                                      Land Transport Authority, Singapore.

2008                          ‘ Splash Marina’, Marina Barrage, PUB, Singapore.

Public collections

Ministry of Information and the Arts, Singapore

National Arts Council , Singapore

Singapore Art Museum , Singapore

Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore

Land Transport Authority, Singapore.

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Deutsche Bank, Singapore

United Overseas Bank Group’s, Singapore

DBS Bank, Singapore

Apple Computer , Singapore

Australian High Commission, Singapore

Oriental Hotel , Singapore

East-West Gallery, Australia

Government of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

The University City Art Museum of GuangZhou Academy of Fine Arts,Guangzhou, China

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

National Art Gallery, Singapore

Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand

Hotel Nuve Heritage, Singapore