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Born in Kingston, Jamaica of African and Chinese ancestry. Albert Chong is the last of nine children of merchant parents. He left Jamaica in 1977 to permanently reside in the United States and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1978 - 1981 graduating with honors.
Chong's exhibiting career started in 1981, and in that year his son Ayinde was born. He has a daughter as well, Chinwe born in 1987. Chong taught at the School of Visual Arts NY, Mira Costa College, California. In 1988 Chong, and family moved to San Diego, where he attended the University of California, San Diego earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1991. He is presently associate professor of art/photography at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Albert Chong's photographs are in included collections both public and Private, national and international. The three main bodies of his photographic work include the I-Trait series, The Still life's, and the Thrones for the Ancestors. Other aspects of his work include mixed media sculptural Installations, Video, book works and objects.
His works have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the Ansel Adams Center for photography in San Francisco, Africus:The First Johnnesburg Biennial, South Africa, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Havana Bienal in Cuba and Center For Fine Arts in Miami. He is the recipient of several artist fellowships, including 1998 Guggenheim fellowship in photography and a 1998 Pollock/Krasner grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, a regional National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, and a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography....