Chng Seok Tin (1946 to 2019) was born in Singapore and trained as a secondary school teacher before she enrolled in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to study Western Painting further. Like many others in her generation, she went on to pursue her art studies in the United Kingdom, first at Saint Martin’s School of Art; attaining her Bachelor of Arts at Hull College and thereafter studying advanced printmaking in Hornsey College. Chng also holds two Masters with majors in Printmaking from New Mexico State University and University of Iowa. Upon her return to Singapore in 1986, she taught printmaking at NAFA, LASALLE College of the Arts, and the National Institute of Education. In 1988, she encountered an accident, which tragically caused her to lose most of her eyesight. After much painful struggles, she emerged afresh.
Chng had come a long way from the years. Schooled in the humanities and exposed to the classical arts of the western world before she was visually impaired, many of her ideas and creative concepts embody the vibrancy and resilience of the human spirit. However, she did not restrict her practice to creating prints; her works include drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, textile, photography, ceramic, sculpture and installation. Chng has conducted many solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions across Asia, Europe, America and Australia. For her courage and contributions to the arts, she was named the Woman of the Year 2001 by Her World magazine. In 2005, Chng was awarded the Cultural Medallion for her contributions to visual arts in Singapore, and in 2007, she was given the Singapore Chinese Literary Award by the Singapore Literature Society, for her literary contributions.