Heather Leung visited the Art Studio in Burnaby of Teng-Ko Weng.
Teng-Ko Weng, shown here with Heather and 2 of his art students, was born in 1960 in Taipei, Taiwan. He was raised in an orphanage. To pay for his tuition, Weng worked part time as a street artist and art teacher. His unique experiences on the street exposed him to a variety of art styles and mediums. Weng graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1979. When he was 20, Weng fell ill to meningitis, and lost a part of his hearing. Weng owes his miraculous recovery to his Christian faith. Weng’s incredible life experiences and extensive learning process has laid a profound foundation for his art career.
Weng’s work has been met with critical acclaim and has received several first prize awards. He had published an album of his paintings, an autobiography, and a calendar with his oil paintings. His works are frequently on display in art galleries and museums, internationally and locally.
In 1995, Weng emigrated from Taiwan to Canada and now lives in Burnaby with his wife and 3 children. He is a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Burnaby Art Council.
Heather said: "I have known him for 16 years. I listened to his interview in a radio talk show when I was still living in Taiwan. He has amazing stories and miracles happened in his family. This is a story of how an immigrant family, strived, contributed and succeeded in Canada. Mr. Weng and his wife have helped and encouraged a lot of people in their time of need."