Ang Ah Tee was born in Singapore in 1943. While he was a student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1960 to 1962, he was mentored by the pioneer artists Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen.
In 1977, he became a fulltime artist. This had given him a chance to travel widely to paint, first to Southeast Asia, Asia then to Europe. From the generation of artists who embraced both art techniques of 19th-century Parisian painters and abstract forms of visual expressions, Ang is known for his abstract and landscape acrylic paintings of a highly distinctive style. Although, as a landscape painter, who seeks inspiration from his extensive travels around the world’s most magnificent sceneries, a lot of his works are often local street scenes which he has a heartfelt attachment to.
Ang’s trademark abstract landscapes are characterised by their vividness, which is a result of his direct random brushwork and personal colour scheme distilled through the years. He began exploring a new way of expression in his artworks since the early 90s where his works developed into semi-abstraction.
Ang was recipient of the National Day Art Exhibition Award in 1978 and in 2001, and won the first prize in Western Painting of Tan Tsze Chor Art Award. For his considerable achievements in visual arts, Ang was conferred the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore Government in 2009.