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Christopher Teo was born in Kluang, Johore , Malaysia , of Chinese parents. He lived and studied in Singapore , where he started working in various positions and companies.
In 1964 he came to Australia and began studying accounting to get his Australian accreditation
as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Chris met his future wife, Koula, in 1968 and they married very soon after.
They have two wonderful boys-Michael and Jason, both talented musicians.
Chris worked in different companies as a Group Accountant, Company Secretary and Financial Controller. Eventually he set up his own successful accounting practice.
He sold his business in 1995 and began an “active retirement” by trying his hand at fishing, gardening, theatre, woodwork and commencing a degree in Fine Arts which included painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, lithography and many other areas.
Chris always had the desire to create but due to lack of time he never developed these.
Thus begins the next chapter of Chris’ life, a chapter that took him away from the world of numbers, money and figures-the regulated and prescriptive, to a world of developing the mind, the aesthetics and coming in touch with the inner self.
Last year the Glen Waverley Arts Society held their annual Art Show and Sales where Chris won first prize with his superb and striking lithograph portrait of “Man” in the category of Other Medium.
Not content with his completed degree in Fine Arts, Chris is still undertaking lessons by well known teachers and developing further oil painting and pastel drawing skills. He is also involved in the U3A (University of the Third Age) by becoming a teacher himself and offering his broad knowledge and expertise to others. He is a true example of Solon’s philosophical saying…“I learn with age” (“γηράσκω αεί διδασκόμενος”).
His marriage to a Greek lady brought him in contact with the Greek traditions, the culture and of course the Greek language which he speaks with fluency. Chris was a most inspired and willing “student” absorbing all things Greek, thus concluding with his own words… “I am not only a philhellene, I feel Greek.”
Christopher’s work is represented in several private collections in Canada , Singapore , Malaysia , Australia and in various art galleries and exhibitions namely:
The Highway Gallery, Mount Waverley
Kew Renaissance Theatre
J Space for Contemporary Art , Dandenong
Victoria Ministerial Offices, East
Melbourne Heritage Hill, Dandenong
Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran
McCllelland Gallery, Langwarrin
Waverley Arts Society Exhbiitions
U3A Waverley Exhibitions