Born in 1942, Kampar, Perak.
Woo’s father died when he is very young. His late mother was his sole breadwinner , she allowed him to study art despite many relatives discourage her as ” artist ” does not have ” Future “. But yet, his mother had faith in Woo, with her support in term of financial as well the mental , Woo’s finally successful of being an artist by successfully bringing up his own children , giving them good education & better life style.
Flowers & Fruits Series
Woo’s wife like to plant various plants, including Hydrangea & Ixora flowers in our garden. Woo often sit and admire them when inspired , he will bring the pots of flower indoor to paint them from life observation. As well fruits, Woo’s favourite is Rambutan. He go and study them in the market, either farm with some sketch draw or either photographs to complete them in his studio.
Woo Seng Non is widely regarded as one of the primary movers of Malaysian art although he was born later than many other veterans in the Malaysian art scene. Born in Kampar in 1942, Woo’s art education come through from the Hong Kong Academy of Fine Arts in 1968 where his techniques in oil painting came through his tutelage with Master Chan Hoi Ying, renowned artist during his time where his work was one of the 3 top finalist at one of the global art competition organized by the highly prestigious ASOPA (American Society of Portrait Artist).
It was through this education that Woo has adapted and eventually carved his own identity in the art world.
His realistic paintings are known to be highly expressive and confident and that can be seen through many exhibitions and shows which he has been involved in. Apart from that, Woo was also previously employed at the New York Art Gallery, a position he worked from 1971 to 1980. He would then return to Malaysia where he would embark into a different career path and into the art education industry where he founded the Hung Yang Academy of Art in Penang. Today, he is still very much involved with the art industry today where he now chairs the Penang Oil Painting Society.