Boo Sze Yang received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1991 and his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom in 1995. He also earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of the Arts, London’s Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2004.
He was awarded the Freeman Foundation’s Asian Artist Fellowship Award for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States in 2010/2011. He won the Juror’s Choice Award for the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award in 2003, and the Platinum Award for the UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2009. He is featured in the Thames & Hudson publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2014.
Boo Sze Yang works with unconventional subjects, such as domestic objects, depiction of transport crash-scenes and interiors of cathedrals and shopping malls. His works feature scenes as a metaphor for human conditions, such as his ongoing Mall series which is a study of space as a concept and a symbol. Through his eclectic brushworks and subdued colours, he creates an ambiance of light and space, inviting those who saw them to contemplate its meanings.
The National Gallery Singapore, the Singapore Istana Art Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, United Overseas Bank, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Singapore, and Yingu Art Mansion in Beijing are among the institutions that own his works.