Lim Yew Kuan, the second Principal of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and recipient of the Cultural Medallion award, passed away the age of 93, on 9 May 2021, 10.15pm. He is survived by his wife, four sons and four daughters. In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, Lim’s widow, Xu Meiyan (徐美燕) said that he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer 8 years ago. A fall in the last week caused a fracture of his pelvis and he was then admitted to the National University Hospital for treatment till his passing. Despite his cancer diagnosis, Lim still flew to Paris to paint. Xu stated that Lim was obsessed with the arts and never stopped pursuing his passion. Even when he felt weak, his son would carry him to his studio. He travelled less frequently to his studio six months ago. Lim, who was born in Xiamen, China in 1928, is the son of Lim Hak Tai, the founding Principal of NAFA. He settled in Singapore with his family at age 10. He graduated from NAFA having studied Western Art and continued teaching at the academy. In 1958, he went to Chelsea School of Art to further his studies, and also took music classes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Lim took over the reins from his father and served as NAFA’s Principal until 1979, teaching till 1994. He was awarded the long service award by NAFA.
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