Cheung Yee 張義
Cheung Yee was born in Guangzhou, China in 1936. He moved to Hong Kong with his parents in 1949 and studied art and painting in Taiwan at the age of 18. In 1958, he graduated from Fine Art Department of Taiwan Normal University.
Cheung is widely regarded as the pioneer in the contemporary art movement in Hong Kong. He is both a painter and sculptor whose works have seen wide recognitions for many decades. His art and contribution to the art community have even won him The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member class (MBE) in 1979. Cheung is also the only living artist in the history of Hong Kong to have been specially invited to hold 3 solo-exhibitions at Hong Kong Museum of Art. His most recognizable work is a 4-meter tall sculpture of a pre-historical creature now standing in front of the Hong Kong Space Museum.
Cheung was a professor in Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong until 1998. He is also the chairman of Hong Kong Sculptors’ Association as well as an advisor to Hong Kong Museum of Art.