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Charles Teo

2012
Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang)

oil on canvas (support: 140.4 cm x 162.3 cm)

Charles Teo AM (b. 1957) is a neurosurgeon. Born in Sydney, he graduated in medicine and surgery from the University of New South Wales and worked at the Children’s Medical Center, Dallas and as Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas. Developing a reputation in the field of minimally-invasive (or 'keyhole') neurosurgery, he has been invited speaker and visiting professor in over 35 countries, and has authored many scholarly texts. Based at Sydney's Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Teo treats children from developing nations and sponsors neurosurgical training for doctors from countries including Peru, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Charismatic, outspoken and media-aware, Teo is involved with organisations such as the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and Think First Australasia (established for the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries), and has reflected publicly on his experience of racism and the dearth of research opportunities in his birthplace.

Shanghai-born Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang) (b. 1960) migrated to Australia in 1997. Since then, he has been an Archibald Prize finalist six times, winning the People's Choice award in 2011. That year, the animal-protection organisation Voiceless staged a fundraising event in which participants could win a commissioned portrait by Chang. Publisher Eleonora Triguboff won the prize and initiated this portrait of Teo, who is a Voiceless council member.

Gift of Eleonora Triguboff 2013
© Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang)

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Artist and subject

Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang) (age 52 in 2012)

Charles Teo AM (age 55 in 2012)

Subject professions

Health and medicine

Donated by

Eleonora Triguboff (1 portrait)

Related portraits

1. Emile Sherman, 2012. All Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang).
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