I first came to the United States as an immigrant in my mid-teens. Having a hard time acclimating to the American culture due to the language barrier, I kept a reserved personality and spent my free time drawing. I soon became known at school for a quickly-developed proficiency in photorealistic portraiture. The cultural background in which I grow up, however, does not encourage entertaining the arts as an acceptable career.
I pursued a degree in mathematics at UC Berkeley. After graduating, I moved to Atlanta, GA to start a career as a health actuary and to pay off my student loans. It took nearly five years for me to realize that 9-to-5 wasn't the right path for me and to quit to pursue art full time.
I'm currently based in Los Angeles. In my free time, I am an avid Lindy Hopper, hiker, swimmer, and history buff.
About my Art
As an artist, I strive to capture the essence of my subjects through an intuitive and expressive approach that transcends the confines of photographic realism. I aim to create works that invite viewers to explore the interplay of color, shape, texture, and value, and to discover new perspectives and insights.
My artistic style is deeply rooted in my early exposure to Chinese calligraphy and ink paintings, which has shaped my approach to brushstrokes, movement, and rhythm. I also draw inspiration from Western principles of light and shadow, blending both disciplines to create a unique and dynamic visual language.
As an Asian-American artist, I am keenly aware of the historic struggles and triumphs of my cultural heritage. Through my art, I seek to reconcile the tensions between tradition and modernity, impulse and restraint, adventure and sacrifice. My portfolio reflects my ongoing experimentation and exploration of various techniques and styles, guided by the legacy of masters like Hokusai, Rembrandt, Turner, Daumier, and Bernie Fuchs.
Ultimately, my art is a testament to my personal journey and my attempt to find balance and harmony in a complex and ever-changing world.
2009-2014 B.S. Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley
2011-2012 Marchutz School of Art, Aix-en-Provence, France
2013 - Fall University College of Dublin, Ireland
2014 - Spring Université de Bordeaux; France
2023 Foundation House Residency Program, CT, USA
2023 In The Paint Exhibition, NBA LA Lakers, CA. Upcoming
2023 Art Lives Here Exhibition, Geffen Playhouse, CA. Upcoming
2023 Illuminate LA: Collective Memory, Los Angeles, CA
2022 The Other Art Fair-Los Angeles Spring
2021 LA Mexican Consultate 35x35 Bicentennial Exhibition
2021 5th Annual Light Space & Time Art Gallery Exhibition
2020 Art Show International Finalist Award
2020 Las Laguna Gallery Juried Art Exhibition
2020 85th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition of the Cooperstown Art Association
2020 Cerulean Arts' 8th Annual Juried Exhibition
2020 Blue Mountain Gallery Summer 2020 Juried Exhibition
2019 Creative Mill: Roswell Mill Juried Art Exhibition
2018 Creative Mill: Roswell Mill Juried Art Exhibition
2011 Steem Honorable Mention
2011-2012 Marchutz School of Art Exhibitions
2008 Disney Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Award
2008-2009 California State University- Northridge Annual Exhibitions