Paul Teng Ping Ya is a Dutch comic artist, best known for his realistic historical comics. Born in Rotterdam, he studied Cultural Antropology in Amsterdam, but broke this off to devote all his time to drawing comics. He debuted with his comic about the Apache indian 'Delgadito' that was published in four black-and-white books by Hans Matla's publishing house Panda between 1981 and 1984. Since 1982 he was also present in the comic magazine Wordt Vervolgd with several historical comics.
In 1986 Casterman published Teng's 'Libertair Intermezzo', a story set during the Spanish Civil War. This was followed by 'De Vrienden van Igor Steiner' in 1989, a comic about the period after the Russian Revolution. Teng then made two more albums about Russian history in cooperation with writer Vladimir Volkoff for Le Lombard, 'Sint-Vladimir - De Stralende Zon' (1992) and 'Alexander Nevsky' (1994).
Teng has drawn various stories from scripts by Gerard Leever and Frank Jonker, among other writers, for girl's magazine Tina between 2002 and 2008. He has also made a comic for the introduction of each chapter in Jan Paul Schutten's children's book 'Kinderen van Amsterdam'. Teng considers his collaboration with Jean van Hamme on the graphic novel 'Le Télescope' in 2008 one one of the highlights in his career.
Text (c) Lambiek