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Selected Timeline of Lee Boon Ngan

Born 23 May 1939

in Singapore soon after her family emigrated from China. One of her older brothers was the well known landscape painter, Lee Boon Wang (1934 - 2016). Her youngest brother is Lee Boon Yang
(b1947), former politician in Singapore who served as Minister for Defence, Minister for Manpower, and Minister for Information, Communications
and the Arts.


meets Chua Mia Tee through her brother, Lee Boon Wang. At
18, she sits for a portrait by Mia Tee. This portrait goes on to become
the most iconic and celebrate portrait at the National Gallery of

1961 – 1968 

Mia Tee and Boon Ngan marry in 1961, taking their
honeymoon in Genting Highlands Malaysia. Their son Chua Hong is born in 1963. They have a daughter, Chua Yang, in 1968.

Graduated from Chung Cheng
High School



Graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She was one of a few active female painters during a period when the local art scene was primarily dominated by male artists. Lee Boon Ngan was well-known for her still-life paintings of flowers.

Participated the International Women's Year Art Exhibition



Participated Singapore Art Society Annual Art Exhibition

Life member of the Singapore
Art Society

Participated National Day Art Exhibition every year

Participated NAFA Alumni Association Art Exhibition
every year

Participated Singapore Shopping Festival Art Exhibition


Participated Contemporary Singapore Artists


Participated Singapore Airport Art Fair 
Joint Exhibition with her husband Mr Chua Mia Tee at the Singapore Hilton Hotel

Oil painting "Vanda Miss Joaquim" selected by Trade Development Board and presented to the President of Philippines HE Mrs Corazon Aquino 


Participated in exhibition to launch the first "Singapore Artist Directory"

Joint Exhibition with her husband Mr Chua Mia Tee & her brother Mr Lee Boon Wang at the Singapore Hilton Hotel

Oil painting "Water Lily" Auction for the Restoration of the Great Wall of China


Participated in exhibition to launch the second "Singapore Artist Directory".

Oil Painting "Orchid selected for Singapore Embassy in Paris.

Contemporary Art Exhibition


Joint exhibition with Chua Mia Tee at Linda Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.


Passed away on 23 April 2017 after a year of illness. Lee specialised in painting flowers in oil, but shunned the limelight. Her works were collected by private collectors and commissioned by statutory boards such as the former Board of Commissioners of Currency,
Singapore, which has merged
with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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