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Biography

Kong Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist professionally trained in both Chinese and Western visual art to teach as associate professor of art and program leader of creative arts and communication at the University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei (2011-17). Prior to his teaching job in Brunei, Ho taught at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as associate professor of art and interdisciplinary arts major program director (2001-11). Ho has received a Visiting Research Fellowship (2013); Fulbright U.S. Scholarship (2009-2010), taught mural painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 5 months; VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship (2008-09); Hong Kong Baptist University Fellowship (2006); Sasakawa Fellowship (2005); International VSA arts Festival Fellowship (2004); Faculty Diversity Fellowship (2003); Fellowship for Artistic Development (1999); and Yamagata International Visual Arts Institute Fellowship (1996). Always looking for new opportunities to inform the public of the educational and cultural value of mural art, he founded the Hong Kong Mural Society in 1997. Since then, he has designed and painted numerous school and community murals in the past 17 years.

In addition to his mural art, his structured painterly abstraction coupled with representational spiral paintings, nostalgic digital photographs and whirling complex digital prints have been exhibited in more than 90 international and national exhibitions including United States, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong. His art work has been exhibited in venues such as the United Nations Headquarters and Chelsea Art Museum in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Clymer Museum and Gallery in Washington, Amarillo Museum of Art in Texas, Fine Arts Museums in New Mexico, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in California, University of Pittsburg at Bradford in Pennsylvania, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Canada, Kunstquartier Bethanien and Yorck Studios in Germany, National Academy of Art and New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria, the US Ambassadors' Residences in Macedonia, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China, National Institute of Education Art Gallery in Singapore, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts in Thailand, University of the Philippines Visayas in Philippines, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art in Hong Kong. His award-wining art has been collected by the organizations as University of Brunei Darussalam, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Binney & Smith Corporate Art Collection and The Weeks Gallery in New York, VSA Arts in Washington D.C., The Columbus Art Guild in Ohio, National Academy of Art in Bulgaria, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts in Thailand, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

Moreover, his work has been reviewed in Studio Visit, Vol. 19, 2012; Direct Art, Vol. 18, 2011; New Art International, Vol. 14, 2010; United States Embassy Skopje – ART in Embassies Program, 2006; Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, 2006; Asian Art News, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004 and The New Art Examiner, 21 No. 5, 1994 and Art in America, Feb. 1994. His articles related with mural painting and contemporary art have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, such as Teaching Artist Journal, The International Journal of the arts in Society, History Research and Perspectives. Also, Ho has published several books and monographs, including Larger Than Life: Mural Dreamscapes, and A Stroke in Time: An Artist's Memoir of Kong Ho in 2016, Community Mural Painting & Multimedia Art Installation and Transfiguration of Space: Paintings, Photographs and Digital Art Installation in 2012; The Infinite Dimensions of Shangri-La: Paintings and Sculptures by Kong Ho & Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho in 2009; The Beauty of Complexity: The Art of Kong Ho in 2007; Art in a Suitcase in 2001; Flights of Fancy in 1999; Drawing on Inspiration in 1996; and Kong Ho: A Reconciliation of Self and Nature in 1993.

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