Lim Hak Tai Artists

Lim Hak Tai

Lim Hak Tai (b. 28 May 1893, Xiamen, Fujian, China–d. 14 February 1963, Singapore) was one of Singapore’s pioneer artists and art educators. He initiated the Nanyang style of art and was the founding principal of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Lim was born in China in 1893 and relocated to Singpaore in 1936. He created paintings that integrated both Western and Chinese approaches with Singapore content and subjects. While Lim was an accomplished artist, he focused his energies on art education despite facing many personal and financial challenges. In 1962, the government awarded him the Sijil Kemuliaan (Certificate of Honour) as part of Singapore’s first National Day Awards, in recognition of his contributions to local art.

"Plum Blossom"
Artist ~ Lim Hak Tai