New York-based Malaysian artist Eng Tay is best known for gentle and round shape figure artworks that presented in diverse media including limited edition etchings, paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Figures are arranged in scenes of ordinary life including people play instruments together and neighbours’ chit-chat in streets and markets as well as scenes of family gathering. All little things that happen in daily turn into Eng Tay’s narrative paintings in a way of gentle and impressive expression, telling beauty of human relationship that Eng Tay found in daily routines.
Eng Tay was born in 1947 in Kedah, West Malaysia. In 1968, he moved to New York City and studied at the Arts Student League, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Graphics Center. Here he studied graphic design, painting and printmaking. He worked in the graphic arts field until 1978, when he undertook several painting trips throughout South America and Indonesia.