Ho Khay Beng was born in 1933. He graduated from
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1959 and went on study art at Rome
Academy of Fine Arts, Italy, in 1968.
He held one-man shows at Chin Kang Association,
Penang (1965), Galleria Guilla Flavia, Rome (1966), Galleria Michelangelo, Rome
(1967) and Galleria D'arte I Volshi, Rome (1967).
He participated in the Singapore Local Artists
Exhibitions and Nanyang Academy 20th Anniversary Exhibitions (1957-1958). He
took part in the Penang Art Society annual exhibitions (1959-1984), National Art
Gallery annual invitational exhibitions (1959-1965). In 1962, he was on the
Malaysian Art Exhibition touring India. He was invited to Roman Art Gallery's
invitation exhibition in 1967. Other than Malaysia, his works had been exhibited
in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy and
Between 1965 to 1968, Khay Beng was awarded six
gold and silver medals at National and International Art competitions in Italy.
In 1968, he was honoured with the 'outstanding young man' award, Formosa.
He was the Vice-President of the Penang Art
Society between 1970 and 1975 and member of the Nanyang Academy Association of
Malaysia and the Nanyang Academy Alumni Association of Singapore.
His untimely death at the age of 53 years in
1986 robbed Penang of one of her finest oil painters.