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Born 12 July 1934,Singapore
Enrolled in art classes conducted by the British Council, studying painting and sculpture.
Enrolled in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts; discontinued studies after a few months due to illness; submitted to the care of Dr Ng Yew Seng, an uncle, in Kuala Trengganu (State of Trengganu, Malaysia) for two years.
Began to exhibit works in group shows, displaying paintings and sculptures.
Returned to Singapore; employed as trainee-artist by Shaw Brothers, Fortune Advertising; studied privately with Liu Kang.
Introduced to Jean Bullock who was instrumental in shaping interest in sculpture; began to use ciment fondu, a material which he has continued to employ throughout his practice.
Re-enrolled in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, completing studies and majoring in painting; attended classes taught by Chen Chong Swee, Georgette Chen, Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng.
Pursued study of ceramics, on the urgings of Georgette Chen, at North Staffordshire College of Technology/ Stoke-on-Trent School of Art, England.
Studied studio pottery in Farnham School of Art, England.
Resident Designer at the Carrigaline Pottery in Ireland, and travelling in England and Europe.
Returned to Singapore; set up workshop and studio at the family residence.
Exhibited in first sculpture exhibition at the National Library, Singapore.
ASTA Convention Exhibition, Contemporary Sculpture Centre, Tokyo, Japan.
First one-artist exhibition of sculpture, painting and ceramics, Singapore.
Adelaide Art Festival, Lidums Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia.
Inaugural Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
First ASEAN Sculpture Symposium, Fort Canning Hill, Singapore.
Commissioned Works for Changi International Airport, Terminal I.
International Ceramics Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; 2nd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Japan.
Contemporary Asian Art Show, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea.
1988:- World Invitation Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
Sculpture in Singapore, National Museum Art Gallery.
Art in Asia, World Trade Centre, Singapore.
Singapore Showcase, World Trade Centre, Singapore; Appointed Fellow to The Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore.
Tagore Centenary Open Painting Competition, Gold Medal.
Cultural Medallion, Government of Singapore; Tan Tsze Chor Art Award Medal for Sculpture, Singapore Art Society.
ASEAN Cultural Award for Visual Arts (Sculpture).
Conferment of Honorary Doctor of Letters, National University of Singapore.
Constance Sheares. Bodies Transformed: Ng Eng Teng in the Nineties. Singapore: NUS Museums/ National University of Singapore, 1999.
Last updated: 11 January 2001