Hong Sek Chern is an artist with an interest in exploring themes surrounding urban settings. She has a preference for Chinese Ink, employing it to decorate the inner and external areas of local architecture. Influenced by the world around her, Hong Sek Chern believes that her work will inspire others to think about the world, its people, and herself. She graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 with a Diploma in Fine Arts before moving on to Goldsmiths College, University of London to further attain a Masters in Fine Arts in 1998.
Through her years of practise as an artist, she has claimed multiple awards and prizes under her belt. She won the 26th UOB Painting Of The Year (POY) Competition in July 2007. Her picture Aspects Of The City II, created using traditional Chinese painting methods, was chosen for the prestigious POY Award from over 1,100 entries submitted by over 800 contestants. She has also won multiple top prizes and notable mentions in regional art competitions, including the Philip Morris Asean Arts Awards, and has received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award Visual Arts 2000 and the coveted President’s Young Talent Award in 2001. Furthermore, she was chosen as Singapore’s representative in the 25th Biennale de São Paulo in Brazil.