Chong Ai Lei was born in 1985, Johor. She gained her Diploma in Fine Art from Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur in 2005. Chong has focused on the figure since the beginning of her career and has carved a name for herself with her pastel-coloured, dreamy portraits of young women.
She has been participating actively in local group exhibitions since the completion of her formal art education. In 2010 and 2011, Chong received Honourable Mentions from the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists Program, Vermont Studio Centre, USA. In 2012, she emerged as one of the main winners in the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award. The artist currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.
Chong is part of ‘The F Klub’, a group of visual artists linked by a common interest of doing figurative arts or using the figure as the main subject in their visual arts practice. The purpose of the ‘club’ is to share knowledge between the members and to organize activities that will increase their understanding and enhance their skills in figurative arts. Also in ‘The F Klub’ are artists: Shia Yih Yiing, Kow Leong Kiang, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Chin Kong Yee, Marvin Chan, and Gan Chin Lee.