Nancy Chu Woo received her BFA from Cornell University in 1963, and her MA from Columbia University in 1964. She returned to Hong Kong in 1973, and for a number of years she taught in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.  


She studied Western painting in the United States. After finishing her training, she stayed on to teach and spent a total of fourteen years in New York. During this time, she established a strong foundation in various genres of Western art. Before she left for the United States, as well as after her return to Hong Kong, she studied under Zhao Shao'ang and Yang Shanshen, both great masters of the Lingnan school. As a result, Woo absorbed the essense and skills of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting as well. It was through Yang that Woo was inspired to explore and develop her own unique style of splashed ink landscape painting, in which she mixes ink with gouache colours to create brilliant, semi-abstract compositions, as well as incorporates themes such as the human figure.


Woo has exhibited all over the globe, including Belgium, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Canada, and across the US, with important solo exhibitions at the Guangzhou Museum of Art and the Shanghai Art Museum in China, the Parliament House in Ottawa, Canada, and the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong.


Her works have been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the University of Hong Kong, and the Guangzhou Museum of Art.



selected bibliography

Catalogues and pamphlets




Nancy Chu Woo: Drawings and Paintings of the

Human Figure. The University of Hong Kong,

Hong Kong. Foreword by Van Lau.


Cornell Artists Exhibition: Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo. Hamburg. Introduction by Peter Kahn.




Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo. Art Triform Gallery, Taipei. Foreword by Liu Kuo-sung.







Chromatic Visions: Nancy Chu Woo. Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong. Introduction by Mayching Kao.








The Emerging Harmony of Forms: Nancy Chu Woo. Fung Ping Shan Museum, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Foreword by Ho Waikam.








Exuberant Transformations: Nancy Chu Woo. Mandarin Oriental Fine Arts, Hong Kong. Foreword by Peter Kahn.








Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo. Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou. Foreword by Lu Yuguang.









Fusion And Diffusion. Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong.  Foreword by Michael Sullivan.








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








Beyond: Exhibition of Paintings by Nancy Chu Woo. Sandra Walters Consultancy, Hong Kong. Introduction by Ian Findlay-Brown.









Lightness of Form: Nancy Chu Woo. Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago. Introductions by Betty Wei, Camille Tang.




Coloratura: Nancy Chu Woo. University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong. Essays by Michael Sullivan, Mayching Kao, Xue Yongnian and George Bloch.






The Art of Nancy Chu Woo. Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Forward by the Honorable Joe Volpe, P.C., M.P. and Bassanio So. Essays by Michael Sullivan, Mayching Kao, Xue Yongnian.






Colour and Ink in Harmony: Nancy Chu Woo. Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou. Essays by Ying Chen, Michael Sullivan, Xue Yongnian, Ho Waikam, Mayching Kao.






Luminous Colours and Resonant Ink: Nancy Chu Woo. Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China. Essays by Michael Sullivan, Xue Yongnian, Ho Waikam, Mayching Kao.





Colour. Ink. Nancy Chu Woo. Hong Kong Arts Centre and Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong. Essay by Harold Mok Kar-leung.









Wandering Colours and Light: Nancy Chu Woo. Kwai Fung Art Publishing House, Hong Kong. Essay by Pan Qing.