Woo Nancy

1941, Guangzhou China


Nancy Woo, one of Hong Kong`s remarkable contemporary female artists, distinguishes herself by the ever-evolving nuances even with her own highly unique East-West style.

Born in Guangzhou, then raised in Hong Kong, Nancy`s early training in painting was under the tutelage of the renowned Lingnan Schoolmaster Zhao Shao-ang. Nancy then left Hong Kong to pursue her art studies in the US - at Cornell University (BA) and Columbia University (MA) - and hence developed her appreciation for Western styles of art as well, building upon her base of classical Chinese artistic sensibilities. She did not return to Hong Kong for 14 years until 1973; which has since then been her home. When she first moved to Hong Kong, Nancy eased into the local art world as a lecturer in the Fine Arts department at the University of Hong Kong, before opening her own studio a few years later and switching back to pursue her real interest: creative painting. Her technique was further honed under the guidance of Lingnan Master Yang Sanshen; her inspirations are from her glocal travels to far-flung destinations, and the end product is distinctively her own.

Nancy Woo has held solo exhibitions in China, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States.


1941 Borrn in Guangzhou, China
1950s Studied Chinese ink painting under Lingnan Schoolmaster Zhao Shao-ang
1960s Studied fine arts at Cornell University, New York, USA

1963 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University, New York, USA

1964 Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University, New York, USA

1973 Returned to live and work in Hong Kong. She has taught in the Department of Fine Arts of The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Centre
1982 Studied Chinese ink painting under Lingnan Schoolmaster Yang Sanshen
1986 First time to show her Chinese ink works
1987 First solo exhibition
Present Lives in Hong Kong



2011      ColourInkNancy Chu Woo, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2009      Luminous Colours and Resonant Ink: Nancy Chu Woo, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Colours and Ink in Harmony: Nancy Chu Woo, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2007      Coloratura: Nancy Chu Woo, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Art of Nancy Chu Woo, Parliament House, Ottawa, Canada

2005      Lightness of Form, Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, USA

2001      Nancy Chu Woo: Songs of the Earth, Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore

1999      Recent Paintings: Nancy Chu Woo, Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, USA

1997      Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

1994      Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo, Stein Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, USA

1993      The Emerging Harmony of Forms: Nancy Chu Woo, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1989      Beyond Ink and Colour: Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo, Chinese Culture Institute, Boston, USA

Works on Paper: Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo, Art Triform Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1988      Silent Poetry: Chinese Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, USA

1987      Nancy Chu Woo: Drawings and Paintings of the Human Figure, Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China



2020      Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2016      Ink Asia 2016, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2008      Summer Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK

Alumni Exhibition, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York, USA

2003      The Third Chinese National Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2001      The Contemporary Collection, the Burton Street Gallery, London, UK

1991      Six Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

1989      Art Exhibition in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1988      Asian Exhibition of Watercolours, International Centre, Osaka, Japan

Contemporary Chinese Paintings: Works on Paper, East-West Gallery, Chicago, USA

1987      Cornell Artists Exhibition, Amerika Haus, Cologne; Stuttgart; Munich; Frankfurt; Hanover; Dusseldorf, Germany

Ten Years of Hong Kong Paintings, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Selected Watercolours by Asian Artists, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

1982     Experimental Watercolours, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China



Guangdzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Guanghua Chang'an Building, Beijing, China

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong