Ng Swee Keat is a native of Alor Star and a graduate of the Malaysian Institute of Art, where he majored in oil painting and Chinese ink painting. His works have been collected by the NationalVisual ArtsGallery of Malaysia, as well as the Sultan of Perlis and Nokia (M) Sdn. Bhd. The artist has been exhibiting since 1999 locally and internationally. Group exhibitions participated by Ng include “Measuring Love” at Wei ling Gallery, “Recent Work” at HOM, “North Kedah Art Society Art Exhibition” and “Father & Son”. In terms of international level exposure, Ng participated in the “Cao Tang Men Eastern Art Society Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition” Province of Fu Zou, China in 2007 and last year’s “Affordable Art Fair”, Singapore.
Ng’s achievements to date include being awarded the Best Student prize at his alma mater and in 2011 he emerged with the top prize at the UOB Painting of the Year competition and was also recipient of the bronze prize of the same competition in 2013. In 2009 he became the Grand Award Winner for the MRCB Art Award and in 2007 he received first prize for the National Teow Cew Society Chinese Painting competition. A winner of the 1999 Nokia Art Award Malaysia, Ng was one of the lucky ones to receive The One Academy of Art Competition Scholarship in 1997. He is also recognised as Malaysia Emerging Artist Awardee in 2011. HOM Adopted Residency program or A-Res is the artist first debut in residency program.
Nugroho Heri Cahyono was born in 1981 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Heri pursued his formal art education at Indonesia Institute of Art (ISI), Majoring in Printmaking, from 2001 until 2008. Fresh from his graduation, Heri had his solo in 2008 at Katamsi Gallery, Yogyakarta, in an exhibition entitled “Tekstur in Print Making”. Heri exhibited sparingly over the years, focusing instead on quality instead of quantity.
He received a total of 5 awards, most recently received Consolation prize of 'Asean Graphic Art’s Competition', Hanoi, Vietnam in 2012. Finalist of 2013 UOB 3th Painting of the Year competition as well as nominated for Jakarta Art Award 2010. In 2009, he was also nominated for 'The Power of Dream' Art Competition. Prior to the nominations, he had received his award for Best Printmaking, in ISI’s 29th edition of 'Diesnatalis'. Aside from being an active artist in Yogyakarta, Heri is also involved in workshops and performances. His latest international effort was his most recent show entitled 'ConCurrence' in West Gallery, Philippines.