Hong Sek Chern was born in 1967. She completed her formative art education in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore in 1995 and then obtained an MA in Fine Art in 1999 at Goldsmiths College, UK. Sek Chern worked as an art educator at NAFA for many years before practising art full time in 2007. She has won several painting prizes nationally and was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2000. Sek Chern works primarily with the Chinese ink medium though she has also worked with oil and other media. She explores issues in the urban environment as she tries to engage with traditional painting media. She has exhibited her paintings both locally and overseas. Notably, she was selected to participate in the President’s Young Talents exhibition organised by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001, represented Singapore at the 25th São Paolo Biennale in 2002 and the 5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen in 2006.