Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

When art speaks more eloquently than words

Posted by Kimberly on June 15, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 15, 2007, page 2 (421 words)

Within minutes of Lio Man Cheong’s exhibiton opening, three of his paintings had been sold.
The Zhuhai-born 56-year-old artist is a man of few words but his water colour paintings speak volumes.
With the theme of ‘Portugal’, each image is reminiscent of Portugal’s famous cities including Porto, Lisbon and Coimbra.
Asked why he chose water colours as a means of artistic impression, Man Cheong said, “I like water painting and all the ones in the exhibition today are water paintings. I think that water painting is more lively.”
The artist has also painted with oil and occasionally Chinese traditional painting as well.
Originally from a graphic artist background, Man Cheong admitted that “because of financial issues it wasn’t a good idea doing graphic advertising so I decided to change my career from that to water painting. I never really planned to do all this.”
Man Cheong agreed to hold the exhibition after receiving an invitation from the Portuguese Institute of the Orient (IPOR) in commemoration of Portugal’s National Day earlier this week.
“Not all the paintings here are for this exhibition. A lot of these are from my travels around Portugal,” he said.
The artist has had the opportunity to create and draw stamps for the Macau Post and Telecommunication Office as well as being invited by the Consul General of Egypt to travel there a few years ago to document his visions of the country.
With Man Cheong’s son beginning his path down the same familiar route of painting but with his own brand of style, Man Cheong is proud of the achievements.
“I let him go his own way. Even though he enjoys drawing and painting, I won’t limit him to that if he wants to do something else.
“My son is a good human being and hasn’t gone the way many young teenagers go so I’m very happy about that,” he said.
Man Cheong has been painting for over twenty years and has been awarded several prizes both in Macau and Hong Kong.
He has also exhibited his works in Canada,Portugal and other countries within Asia.
Asked where he gets his inspiration from, Man Cheong said, “I don’t really have a specific inspiration. I can sit somewhere and look around and suddenly start painting. It’s just a matter of moving from place to place.”
It takes the artist about 1 to 2 hours to paint one picture, with most happening outdoors.
The exhibition contains about thirty paintings and will be showing at the Portuguese Bookshop until July 7.


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