Chiyan Ho (1993–2022)
We are devastated to share the news that our beloved artist and dear friend Chiyan Ho has passed away on March 20, 2022. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Chiyan’s family and his close communities in art, architecture, and education.
Chiyan was born in the UK and grew up between London and Hong Kong. As a Malaysian Chinese of Hokkien Hakka descent, Chiyan, alongside with his longtime friend and later work partner Michael Ho, began a creative journey of navigating the cultural encounters and translating these migrating experiences into artistic expressions. Chiyan’s lived experiences manifest through his multidisciplinary endeavor as well as his expanded aesthetic language.
As a gallery, we had the absolute pleasure and privilege working closely with Chiyan. Our fondest memory of him has always been his chill and soothing attitude during countless Zoom meetings and calls, serving as an indivisible part of our working dynamic. Though the relatively reticent character, Chiyan constantly delivered cheerful and comforting energy through his smile, easing the tension in our discussion and grounding us in a calming state.
Our relationship came together in the context of a global pandemic and was built significantly upon the internet, whereas it never undercut our commitment to explore the exciting possibilities ahead collectively. During such a brief yet remarkable encounter with Chiyan, we deeply appreciated his insightful reflection and rebellion through the means of visual art. Chiyan’s truthful quest into the personal, the political, and the social will be held dearly as we continue on with his legacy.
Forever be missed,
December 11, 1993 - March 20, 2022
Michael & Chiyan Ho
Death Won't Do Us Apart, 2018
two suits, one joint shirt