ALVIN ONG (b. 1988) synthesizes histories, mythologies and folk-forms into surreal improvisations and non-linear narratives. His paintings expand and contract to contain the gamut of human expression: from the playful to the ironic, the unique and the redundant, to the sublime and the banal. Restless and unsettled, his characters remain enigmatic, a part yet apart, morphing into distorted rhythms or quotations of other characters; shape-shifting and extending themselves infinitely. 


2009-12      School of Architecture, National University of Singapore

2013-2016   Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

2016-2018   Royal College of Art, London


2016   We will meet, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore.

2006  The hours, Jendela, Esplanade, Singapore.



2017   Bilateral Bonds, Taksu Gallery, Singapore.

2017   WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London.

2017   And then..., NN Contemporary Art, Northampton.

2016   Bazaar Art Jakarta, The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta.

2016   Ruskin.show, Ruskin Degree show, Oxford.

2015   Passages, UOB Art Gallery, Singapore.

2015   Common Ground, Shophouse 5, Singapore.

2015   Great Peranakans, Peranakan Museum, Singapore.

2015   Fresh Takes, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore.

2014   Ruskin firsts, Bullington Road Studios, Oxford.

2014   Restoration, The Dolphin Gallery, Oxford.

2013   UOB POY Reimagined: A Digital Art Show, United Overseas Bank Plaza, Singapore.

2013   Creation, SJI Art Alumni Show, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2010   Altering Alvar Aalto, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore.

2010   ArtSingapore, Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Suntec City, Singapore.

2007  AEP Biennial Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

2007  The Best of UOB: 1982-2007, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2004  SYF Arts Festival, VivoCity, Singapore.



2017   Royal Drawing School, Dumfries House Residency, Scotland.

2016   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

2016   Red Mansion Art Prize Shortlist.

2005  United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award.

2004  Singapore Youth Festival Award, Gold with Honours.



2017   Oxford Poetry, Winter 2016/17, XVI.III.

2016   Giving Ground, with Theophilus Kwek, Ethos Books, Singapore.

2015   A Splendid Kindred Soul, with Simon King, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

2013   The Portrait Speaks, with various portrait sitters, NUS Baba House, Singapore.



"Alvin Ong: Youthful artist with an old soul", in A Baba Album: Life & times of a reawakened Peranakan (KAH, ed. E. Koh, 2017), Peter Wee, pp. 64-5, 280-5

"Walking the pilgrim's way", Cherwell, 30 January, 2017

"SAF in art", MINDEF, 2015

"Passages", exhibition catalogue, 19 August - 28 September, 2015

"前得奖者双人展年轻画家一展写实功力",联合早报, 17 September, 2015

"Chan Hampe Galleries' Shophouse 5 in Geylang"Blouin Artinfo Southeast Asia, 26 August, 2015

"Art comes home"TimeOutSingapore, August 2015, p. 58-59

"A Young Painter's Promise"the Peranakan, Issue 01/15, p. 40-1

"The Straits Chinese and Civic Portraiture in Singapore", in Great Peranakans: Fifty Remarkable Lives (ACM, 2015), Daphne Ang, p. 46

"A new painting of our Holy Father"St Philip's Priory Chelmsford, 15 April, 2015

"Showcasing the achievements of Alvin Ong and Esmond Loh", UOB POY Alumni Archive, March 2015

"Crisp Perspectives at Chan Hampe Galleries"SingArt, 23 March, 2015

"An Hour @ the Museum"ST Life, 20 March, 2015

"Fresh Takes"TimeOut, 9 March, 2015

"Group Show Featuring Eleven Young Singapore Contemporary Artists"燃点,  3 March, 2015

"SG Inspiration: Alvin Ong"Stooffi, 22 February, 2015

"Check out past 10 winners of the UOB POY prize"ST Lifestyle, 21 November, 2014

"Moving House - The Painting"Bukit Brown World Monuments Watch, 20 June, 2014

"Portrait of Bl. Salvio Huix-Miralpeix for the Oxford Oratory"onceiwasacleverboy, 27 January 2014

"New painting unveiled"The Oxford Oratory, 26 January, 2014

"Reviving a Tradition"Portraits of the Straits, 16 January, 2014

"UOB POY Reimagined in Digital Art Show"Blouin Artinfo Southeast Asia, 1 November, 2013

"Ex-SJI Students Display Artworks at Museum"CatholicNews, 22 September, 2013, Vol 63, No. 18

"SJI launches booklet of former campus at SAM"The Straits Times, 9 April, 2015

"Presenting Portraiture Series | The Portrait Speaks"NUS Museum, 6 March, 2013

"The Vision of St Anthony of Padua"St Anthony's Bread, 26 June, 2012

"Two Young Winners Choose Art for Life"The Sunday Times, 15 July, 2012

"UOB Painting of the Year 2012! The winners!"Today, 14 July, 2012

"Young artist paints for the greater glory of God"CatholicNews, 30 August, 2009

"Review: The 25th POY Competition"Artreview Boonscafe, 24 September, 2006

"The Artist's Window - Interview with Alvin Ong", exhibition catalogue

"50 Young People to Watch"The Straits Times, 1 October, 2005

"Unlikely Prodigy"Elite, August 2005, Issue 4

"16岁学生窗外的孤独世界"联合早报, 18 July, 2005

"Art in the Dark"Today, 18 July, 2005 

"Boy, Uninterrupted"The Straits Times, 18 July, 2005

"Teen is youngest winner of top art award"The Sunday Times, 17 July, 2005

"Painting of the Year - The Window"UOB POY Competition, 17 July, 2005

"16-year old Alvin Ong clinches the coveted UOB POY award"UOB Group, 16 July 2005