Celia Tinyan Ko

Hong Kong

Installation, Painting


Celia Tinyan Ko
Celia Tinyan Ko
Hong Kong
February 1, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ko Tin Yan, Celia is a Hong Kong-born contemporary artist who creates paintings, installations, photographs and mixed media “wearable” art objects. Often using large-scale images, hand-made garments and jewelry the artist explores the personal and family history and memory, myths and narratives.

Night Walk Series

Night Walk II, oil on paper (Left) / Night Walk III, oil on canvas board (Right)
Ko Tin Yan, Celia – Night Walk II, oil on paper (Left) / Night Walk III, oil on canvas board (Right)

Born and raised in colonial Hong Kong, the artist relocated to the United States to pursue her studies at California State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Although Ko is primarily a painter, in 1991 she started making her mixed-media art objects; she creates fabric, ornaments, and re-creates segments of clothes that are inspired by what people used to wear in her native country.

“Wearable” Art Objects

Conception, 2005 (Left) / Traps of Life, 2005 (Right)
Ko Tin Yan, Celia – Conception, 2005 (Left) / Traps of Life, 2005 (Right)

Her work has been exhibited in individual and collective shows throughout Hong Kong and beyond including such art spaces as HK Visual Arts Center, HK; Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council, Australia; Red Mill Gallery, Vermont, USA; John Batten Gallery, HK; and Fringe Gallery, HK, to name a few. Her work is currently exhibited in group show entitled Back to the Future at The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong. The show will be on display until 20th February, 2016.

The artist is represented by The Cat Street Art Gallery.

Crated Memories

Crated Memories, 2009
Ko Tin Yan, Celia – Crated Memories, 2009

Ko Tin Yan, Celia lives and works in Hong Kong.

All images copyrights © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015-2016Back to the FutureThe Cat Street Galery, Hong KongGroup
2009That Moment NowLingnan University, Hong KongSolo
2008Faces & PlacesAmerican Chambers of Commerce, HKSolo
200820C Debut - Eclectic VisionsHK Visual Arts Center, HKGroup
2006Objects d'amourThe Economist Gallery, Fringe Club, HKSolo
2005Gan Guan - Observing the sensesCounihan Gallery, Moreland City Council, AustraliaGroup
2002Embark-DisembarkMass Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2001Lost in the WoodsRed Mill Gallery, Vermont, USASolo
2000The EssenceHK City Hall, HKSolo
1999Works On PaperJohn Batten Gallery, Hong KongGroup
1998Wall to WindowPara Site, Hong KongGroup
1997Detours to ParadiseThe Fringe Gallery, Hong KongSolo
1997Visions of Hong KongTaikoo Place, HKGroup
1997Bad ArtFringe Gallery, Hong KongGroup
1996Ink MomentumHK City Hall, Hong KongGroup
1995ParadiseHong Kong Visual Art Centre, Hong KongSolo
1995HKG-SYD-HKGFringe Gallery, Hong KongGroup
1991Bundles of PaperJohn Batten Gallery, Hong KongGroup
1990Under the BedFringe Gallery, Hong KongGroup