Born in Johor, Malaysia in 1975. Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.
In 1996, Gan Siong King received his diploma in fine arts with a major in oil painting at Malaysia Institute of Arts. His major exhibitions include “The Horror The Horror” (Art Printing Works Warehouse, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016), “Looking Ahead” (Fergana Art Space, Penang, Malaysia, 2015), “The Pleasures of Odds and Ends” (FEEKA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014), and “Contemporary Rhetorics” (Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010).
Gan is actively producing and showing artworks, primarily in Malaysia. Valuing a sense of “play” in his works, he explores such themes as laughter, humor, and joy. The works themselves, however, are not so much sensuous as conceptual, and they investigate primeval painting compositions. In recent years, Gan has undertaken a self-curated project in which he defines the production of an exhibition, itself, as an artwork. Painting 12 identical portraits of one model, he gives each portrait a different title as a means of investigating the ambiguity of individual identity and the relationship between identity and context.