UOB Malaysia invites artists to explore their creativity and bring their stories to life at the
13th UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition launch


13th UOB POY (Malaysia) competition

Inspired by the 2022 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year (POY) winning artwork by Thai artist Mr Chomrawi Suksom,
the 13th UOB POY programme identity shows how the evolving sphere symbolises our world in a constant state of change and renewal,
represented by different cultures and identities.


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 May 2023 –  UOB Malaysia has launched the 13th UOB Painting of the Year (POY) (Malaysia) competition and is inviting established and emerging artists to uncover their passion for art and showcase their ingenuity.


The UOB POY competition is the Bank’s flagship regional visual arts programme and one of Southeast Asia’s most prestigious annual art competitions that aims to uncover and nurture artistic talent across the region. This year, the regional art competition has expanded its reach to Vietnam, enabling many more to uncover their passion for art.


Ms Ng Wei Wei, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia said, “At UOB Malaysia, we believe that art plays a catalytic role in society in raising social change, creating a bigger conversation and uniting people of different cultures and backgrounds. The beauty of art is that it also brings communities closer together by broadening our understanding of each other, which is why we continue to make art more accessible to the wider community. In line with the Bank’s Purpose of ‘Building the future of ASEAN’, the launch of the 13th edition of our annual UOB POY art competition affirms our longstanding support of the Malaysian arts, and our commitment to nurturing the next generation of Southeast Asian artists, helping them to reach their full potential.”


Call for the 13th UOB POY (Malaysia) competition entries and the enhanced prize awards for Emerging Artist Category
Submissions will be received digitally. Submissions are open from today until 31 July 2023. The competition is open to all Malaysian citizens and permanent residents. The winners of the 13th UOB POY (Malaysia) competition will be announced at an award ceremony in September 2023.


The panel of judges for the 13th UOB POY (Malaysia) competition includes:

  1. Ms Bibi Chew, Industry Advisory Panel (Visual Arts) for CENDANA Malaysia and Head of Illustration and Senior Lecturer at the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA).
  2. Mr Choy Chun Wei, Leading Malaysian contemporary artist, whose works have been exhibited internationally across China, Hong Kong SAR, the United States, Pakistan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
  3. Mr Ahmad Fuad Osman, Leading Malaysian contemporary artist and judge of National Art Gallery’s Young Contemporaries Awards.


The top country winner will receive a country award prize of RM100,000 and will be among the five country winners from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to compete for the coveted UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award, with an additional prize award of S$13,000, and a chance for a residency programme at the renowned Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.


To further support the pursuit of art by aspiring artists in the region, UOB Malaysia has raised the prize money for the Emerging Artist Category, with the Most Promising Artist of the Year winner receiving RM16,000, up from previous years.


More details on the competition can be found at