Born in 1950, Lye Yau Fatt hails from Kedah. He is one of the most inventive artist in printmaking and sculpture. He acquired his skills from a printmaking workshop in New York in 1986. Lye was mentored by Cheong Soo Pieng, a pioneer artist from Singapore. He was inspired by Cheong’s ‘Nanyang Style’ whose works were bedecked with rich earth tones, creating a homely ambience and mood.
Lye uses mixed media such as watercolour, acrylic and charcoal to exemplify visual style and the color structures of mother nature. His first solo was held at the Sum Art Gallery in 1979. He won 2nd Price in the Sculpture category in the PMAG Open Art Competition, the Permodalan Nasional Berhad Watercolour Landscape Award in 1985, and the Malaysian Watercolour Society Award in 1985.