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Albert Valentine Chong, American artist, educator. Recipient Regional fellowship National Education Association, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1991, Artist's fellowship, Washington, 1992.


Chong, Albert Valentine was born on November 20, 1958 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Came to the United States, 1977. Son of Albert George and Gloria Agnes (Chin) Chong.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York City, 1981;Master of Fine Arts, University of California, San Diego, 1991.


Chong states that the purpose of much of his art is to "represent and reanimate his family history." He has said that he uses his family heritage as "an alternative way of putting more out there that's about people of color, letting other stories be heard, other viewpoints". His multicultural heritage is described in an L.A. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1978 to 1981, and in 1981, Chong started his exhibiting career. In 1988, his family moved to San Diego, and Chong attended the University of California, San Diego.

In 1991, Chong received his Master of Fine Arts degree from that university. Chong lives in the United States and has taught at several different colleges and universities. From 1982 to 1988, he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

From 1989 to 1991 at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California. And from 1996 to 1997 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.


  • 1992 - Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts1998 - Guggenheim Fellowship in photography1998 - Pollock Krasner Grant.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Ancestral Dialogues, 1993. One-man shows include Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1998, William Benton Museum Art, University Connecticut, Storrs, 1998, William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, Virginia, 1999, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, 1999, University Art Gallery Atrium, University Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 1999, Carl Keller Gallery, Denver, 1999, Waterloo (Iowa) Museum Art, 2000, Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery, Schine Student Center, Syracuse (New York ) University, 2000. Group exhibitions include MEIAC, Spain, 1998, XXIV Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil, 1998, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, 1999, City University of New York, Harlem, 1999, City Gallery East, Atlanta, 1999, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 2000, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, 2000.


Times article: "Half-Chinese, half-Jamaican Chong was raised Catholic but has followed Rastafarianism, the Ethiopian-inspired political/religious movement, and Santeria, the syncretic religion forged by African slaves living under Christian domination in the Caribbean." The article also relates an episode from Chong's early childhood, wherein his father brought both a Catholic priest and an Obeahman shaman to bless a new house they had bought in Jamaica. Times, are "named for the Rastafarian belief that the eye and the 'I' are profoundly linked means of perception".


Quotations: "represent and reanimate his family history.".


Married Frances Irene Ann Charteris, November 23, 1982. Children: Ayinde Jordan, Chinwe Amelia.

Albert George Chong

Gloria Agnes (Chin) Chong

Frances Irene Ann Charteris

Ayinde Jordan Chong

Chinwe Amelia Chong