Nai Swee Leng


Traditional Chinese Ink ( 水墨)Contemporany FreeHand Epression(写意)

More than 10 solo and many group exhibitions in Singapore and abroad. Having been invited to represent Singapore by the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board and the Ministry of Culture.

Fifty years of passion & beyond.

Born in 1946 to the beautiful garden city of Singapore, Nai Swee Leng (赖瑞龙) has been passionate about painting since his childhood days. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Western Fine Arts in the year of 1968. Thereafter, he immersed himself in Chinese brushworks learnings with respectable masters, including Master of Lingdong style the late Mr Fan Chang Qian and Master of Lingnan style the late Professor Chao Shao-An in Hong Kong.

Over time, these rich and concrete foundations helped in shaping Swee Leng’s unique art style, one that also maintained the essence of Chinese traditional brushwork, yet carries his distinct, often romantic freehand 写意 expression. The timeless charm of his works lies in his pursuit and depiction of 真 (truth),善(goodness),美(beauty)throughout the works

He is most widely known for his Chinese ink paintings of Nanyang themes, such as coconuts trees, bamboos, tropical birds (myna, swallows, sparrows etc), fowls (roosters, goose etc) and flowers (plum blossoms, orchids, lotus etc).

Swee Leng paints with intriguing free-hand brush strokes on tranquil and meaningful compositions. The tasteful depth, strength and simple grace embodies the traditional authenticity in Swee Leng’s artworks, which is highly commended by many around the world.

Swee Leng has held more than 10 solo and many group exhibitions in Singapore and abroad. Having been invited to represent Singapore by the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board and the Ministry of Culture (now the Ministry of Information and the Arts (MITA)), and appointed panel judge for some of these events, Swee Leng is a familiar veteran in the local art scene. He also sits as committee member for various local and overseas art groups and takes an active role in promoting traditional Chinese art in contemporary times.

Swee Leng’s Chinese ink paintings are not only represented at galleries locally and abroad, but are also collected by private and corporate art collectors around the world and presented as diplomatic gifts to foreign guests and visitors of the Government. Swee Leng also spends significant amount of time engaging students in the exploration of traditional Chinese art techniques, styles and compositions.

Featured Collection

Swee Leng's "Chinese Ink Painting & Calligraphy" collection is a stunning display of traditional Chinese art. With intricate brushstrokes and elegant lines, each piece embodies rich Chinese cultural heritage. The use of black ink on white paper allows the viewer to appreciate the beauty of simplicity and the masterful skill of the artist. From delicate calligraphy to majestic landscapes, Swee Leng's collection is a true testament to the timeless allure of Chinese art. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply seeking to enrich your cultural knowledge, this collection is a must-see.

Events & Training Classes

For more than fifty years…

Swee Leng shares his passion for Chinese ink painting and calligraphy with art lovers from different walks of life. Today, many of his students have become long-time friends and fellow artists. They continue to spend hours each week at Swee Leng’s art studio discussing and discovering art. To find out more about Swee Leng’s art classes, please contact us via the online form. In addition to his regular art classes, Swee Leng continues to participate actively in many art fairs, auctions, and exhibitions all around the world. Tour his FaceBook and Events page for the latest events.