Born in 1967, Kuen Stephanie started in the art industry after she graduated from her Diploma in Commercial Art from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1987 where she has established herself as one of Malaysia’s fine artists. She started working on fine art painting around 2000 where she is known to use rice textures of the society where she grew up with. Here works are known to exude the multi-cultural rural life of the country, which is what it is very rich in.
Kuen’s work is very colourful where she is known to use the Nyonya theme in her images and objects. The self-taught figurative artist have used her techniques and unique styles where her paintings provide a warm reception for the viewer. Encircling around the themes and motifs of family life, society and such, Kuen’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Malaysia and Singapore. Her works were also published into a calendar due to their colourful nature and close relation to the Malaysian culture. She was involved in a recent show entitled ‘Peranakan in Plays’ which was jointly exhibited with Lim Leong Seng at the Dahlia Gallery LLP in Singapore. She also previously had solo exhibitions entitled ‘Citra Warna Malaysia’ as well as ‘The Peranakan Palate: Feasting on Beauty’ shows respectively.