Yoko Choi

Born 1978
Hometown Hong Kong
Lives and works Singapore

Yoko has had a strong interest in art since young and adores all kinds of creative pursuits with materials and performance. Her love for art therapy was seeded from her volunteer work with the Children’s Cancer Foundation since she moved to Singapore in 2013. Thereafter, she made a career shift from architecture to the visual arts. Currently, Yoko is serving a few local charity organisations and educational institutions in the capacities of an art therapist, art educator, and visual artist, mainly focusing on populations with special needs, chronic illness, mental and intellectual disorders, disabilities, and vulnerable people such as women and children with trauma.

Yoko received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, and is also co-founder of FoundSpace, a collective of artist-art therapists. She aspires to promote mental wellbeing through the arts and simply bring therapeutic benefits such as stress relief, joy and peace to more people through the use of the arts and creativity.

Education
2019 Master of Art Therapy, LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE)
2016 Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
2003 Master of Architecture (Hons), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2002 Exchange program (Architecture), University of New South Wales

Awards
2019 Honourable Mention, Black + White: A Fine Art Collective, Envision Arts
2019 Honourable Mention, The 36th International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference, The Netherlands
2017 Finalist, Bazaar Art Prize 2017, Singapore (SG)
2016 The Most Promising Artist of the Year, Singapore Emerging Artist, UOB Painting of the Year, SG
2016 Best Graduate Award, Diploma of Fine Arts, NAFA, Singapore
2016 Woon Brothers Commendation Prize, Fine Art Graduate Award, NAFA, SG
2015 Executive Committee Award, (Student Category), 1st Art Olympia International Open Art Competition, Tokyo, Japan

Solo exhibitions
2021 Journeys, Art Porters Gallery, Singapore
2019 Performance art, Nowhere 2, Permisi P7:1SMA
2018 Exchange, Global Cultural Alliances & Art Apart Fair, Singapore
2018 Art Apart (Pop-Up), Art Apart Fair, Singapore
2017 Explorations, UOB Art Gallery, Singapore
2017 Contemplation, National University of Singapore
2017 Explorations, UOB Art Academy, Hong Kong

Group exhibitions
2020 In search of self, supported by Art Outreach
2018 Art and soul, NAFA 80th Anniversary Exhibition
2018 Safe Space, Art Space
2018 Art Apart Fair 10th Edition, Art Apart Fair
2018 Pameron Poskad, Noise Singapore, supported by NAC
2017 Play and Fantasies, National University of Singapore
2017 Savour the Arts, NAFA
2017 2016 UOB POY Regional Winning Paintings’ Showcase, UOB
2017 Photovoice, Children’s Cancer Foundation
2017 Flagship Genius Exhibition, NAFA
2017 Singapore Art Stage, Gallery Art Asia X Sg, & UOB Art Space
2016 Painless, Singaplural 2016, SFIC
2016 Art Apart Fair 7th Edition, Art Apart Fair
2016 The Last Call, Singapore General Hospital
2015 Art Meet Science Innovat50n Exhibition, ASTAR
2015 50 Obsessions, Lasalle College of the Arts
2015 Revelations, NUSS & NAFA
2015 A Dot on My Face, Singaplural 2015, SFIC

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