Lim Leong Seng grew up in the 50s in a village at Island Club Road in Singapore. At the age of 18, under the guidance of Buddhist Master Venerable 'Zhumo', Leong Seng took up Buddhist studies and Chinese painting. He graduated from the Baharuddin Vocation Institute in 1971. A full-time sculptor based in Singapore since 1990, Leong Seng is equally known for his diverse range of painting styles.
Leong Seng is a member of the Singapore Modern Art Society since 1977, and was elected as the President of the society in 2001. In 1977, at the Modern Art Society's 13th Annual Exhibition, Leong Seng's 7 feet high sculpture caused a controversy for its radically experimental nature. Leong Seng's intrepid character and his openness to change and willingness to experiment with new material and approaches in art making are keys to his impressive span in his visual art practice.
Bali has been a constant source of inspiration for Leong Seng. He typically adopted a long-range approach where, in line with his artistic strategy, the key is exploration and the eventual integration of the ethnic culture, customs and ambience. In the late 80s, Leong Seng's collage work incorporated rice paper, batik and gold foil, captured Asia's rich multi-cultural heritage and helped him forged his very own distinctive style in the art of collage.
Leong Seng's experimentation with found and discard metals in the 80's spearheaded a series of dynamic sculpture such as his large scale commissioned work titled 'Spirit of Kallang'. In 1991, Professor Itipol Thangchalok of Silpakkorn University, Thailand, introduced Leong Seng to various sculpture foundries in Thailand, which enabled him to expand his practice as a sculptor. To date, he has completed 14 large-scale public commissions.