Cindy Ng Sio Ieng was born in Macau and raised in Macau and Hong Kong. A period of study in London in the early 1990s proved especially fruitful. On the recommendation of Bartolomeu dos Santos at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, she studied the ancient Chinese paintings in the British Museum’s Chinese Painting Study Room. In 1996, she moved to Taipei to continue her studies in contemporary ink painting and she held a solo exhibition at the Taipei Fine Art Museum. She has lived and worked in Beijing since 2008.
Cindy’s creative principles stem from the aesthetics of the Song Dynasty. She is innovative, without abandoning tradition; she preserves the deep roots of traditional ink, but she uses contemporary ideas and modern materials to interpret its mood. For many years, she has attempted to liberate ink from its subservience to the brush and its long-standing purpose as vehicle for text and images. She ends the established and almost indivisible partnership between the ink and the brush, bringing ink to video, photography, paper, and oil painting. She has even experimented with new media, including interactive technologies. Her ink works cross regions and media, revealing the unique essence of ink.
She has explored ink for more than twenty years, and in that time, she has discovered that ink has unique expressive traits. At the end of 2015, she completed a public art commission for the Sanchong Branch of the New Taipei City Hospital, where she used ink to create a mood that reflected the true meaning of life. These richly colored works on glass produce images resembling landscape. She then shot the images with a video recorder and had them returned to the glass with a print, preserving that fleeting beauty for eternity.