ARTIST Sia Boon Chuan has led a colourful life in Negri Sembilan.
His paintings using Chinese brush presents Malaysian landscapes in soothing colours.
The talented Sia whose favourite colour is silver, has participated in many art exhibitions in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China.
The 73-year-old was once a part-time art teacher at Chung Hua High School in Port Dickson from 1967 to 1979.
One of his former students Sim Qui Fong, 61, is a professional artist in Kuala Lumpur and vice-president of the Malaysian Artists Association.
Another of Sia’s students who became an accomplished artist is Kok Chin Wah, who is a businessman selling printing machines.
Sia studied in SJK(C) San Min and Chung Hua High School (STCH) and pursued a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1963 at the Natural Normal University of Taiwan.
As a young student, he was fond of painting sceneries.
Among the subjects of the renowned watercolourist’s paintings are the Ulu Bendol waterfalls, the seaside in Port Dickson, tin mining in Rantau and the lake in Kampong Ismail in Jiboi, Ampangan.
In 1983, he conducted his first overseas exhibition at the Raya Gallery in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. In 2005 and 2006, he participated in the World Watercolour Painting Federation (WWPF) Exhibition in South Korea.
Currently, he has three annual exhibitions — two in Malaysia and one in a foreign country.
Sia keeps healthy by walking 3.2km and consumes a diet comprising mainly fish, vegetables and fruits.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, the artist does not smoke, consume alcoholic beverages or gamble.
Sia said: “My father was a provision shop owner while my mother was a housewife and I am the only child in the family.”
He said art brings tranquility to his mind and soul.
“I usually specialise in water colour paintings where I travel once a week to places such as the fishing village in Kukup (Johor), Maran (Pahang), Pulau Perhentian (Terengganu), Pantai Cinta Bulan (Kota Baru) and Pangkor Island in Perak.
“My all-time favourite painting “Kelantan Fishing Boat” with dimensions 56cm x 74cm, was sold for RM6,000.
“Usually I am paid by private art collectors who buy my art pieces during my exhibitions.”
Sia’s wife Chew Guat Choy, 62, is a homemaker, son Koe Juin, 44, a computer games shop owner in Rantau and daughter Jenny, 36, is a project manager in a computer company.
His youngest son Koe Xin, 32, is a tailor in Mambau.