I am a painter and installation artist who is interested in showing simple forms in non-predictable ways. Familiar objects and patterns are used in my art to explore my interest in visual perception and how cultural conditioning and personal memories influence how we perceive and react to visual stimuli. My work contains material references that are influenced by my earlier career in architecture.

My art plays with both abstract and figurative themes and neo-objects are employed to further push assumptions and the imagination.  Forms and colours are used to invite interpretations and dialogues and they are meant to ignite associations and emotions that would be different to each viewer. My work poses questions about what our attention is drawn to. I believe that we cognitively and perceptually mesh with painting, and that there’s a mutual activation. The resulting experience is generative.

I was born in Malaysia and currently live and and work in Barcelona.


Born 1975, Ipoh, Malaysia

Currently living and working in Barcelona, Spain



2019-2020      Turps Banana Art School, Course

2011 -2013       London Business School, MBA

2004-2005      The Bartlett, University College London. Architecture Part III

1996-2001       University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Bachelor of Architecture


Group Shows

2021.   Cohort Art, In Absentia, virtual exhibition 

2020   LITEHAUS Gallery (with Art Aviso), Door to Door, Berlin

2019    La Gloria Factoria de Arte, Freixas Free, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

2019    Slade School of Art, Progressing Painting, London

2010    RIBA, After Redundancy, London



2020   Ever_Emerging_Mag 1st issue; 13 artists

Collections and Commissions

Muzak I-VIII, Cronos Madrid, Commissioned 2020

Red, Black and White. Private collection, Berlin, Acquired 2019

David Bowie Lives in All of Us, Hotel 1882, Barcelona. Commissioned 2019

Pivot. Private collection, Paris. Acquired 2018

Girl With Frame. Private collection, Barcelona. Commissioned 2018

Zeus & Leda. Private collection, Barcelona. Commissioned 2018.

On The Bullet Train I-IV. Hotel 1882, Barcelona. Commissioned 2017

© 2021 by Sophie Teh.