Kemlyn Tan Bappe


Kemlyn Tan Bappe is a visual artist from Singapore and is the artistic director for Galleria Imago Dei in Fairfield, Iowa. Tan Bappe's paintings draw from her Peranakan heritage, an intermarriage of Chinese and Malay cultures influenced by the sea. Her batik style of paintings of dragons, phoenixes, and marine life are colorful and rich with symbolism and spirituality. Tan Bappe's work can be found in collections nationally and internationally. She teaches workshops with World of Difference, a cultural organization that nurtures intercultural relations in youth. She uses her artistic talents to bridge American students in the classroom with cultures from around the world. Tan Bappe is also on the teaching roster for VSA Iowa. She has dyslexia and says she believes it is important to highlight the contributions people with disabilities bring to the community.
VSA Teaching Artist Kemlyn Tan Bappe