Yong Liang Chia was born on 3 April 1960 in Singapore. In 1984 he became tetraplegic (C5/6 spinal cord injury). In 2007 he suffered a stroke that confined him completely to he bed and left him unable to speak. Through perseverance and rehabilitation his condition improved so that he is now again able to sit in a wheelchair.
In July 2010 Yong Liang Chia began to paint with the help of his wife, holding a brush with his mouth. The artist's mouth painted works reveal great talent.