My artistic journey began in my teenage years when I became known at school as an entirely self-taught pencil artist who pursued photorealistic portraiture. With a youthful discipline, I gradually developed a refined technical aptitude to begin what was later to become an art career.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Applied Mathematics, I moved to Atlanta, GA, to start a career as a health actuary and to pay off my student loans. In 2019, I decided to quit my corporate day job of nearly five years and pursue my passion as a full-time artist entrepreneur!
In the summer of 2021, I moved back to Los Angeles to work from my childhood home. I am in high spirits due to once again feeling grounded after more than a decade of adventuring around the world.
In my free time, I am an avid Lindy Hopper, hiker, and history buff. I often travel across the country for dance exchanges.
About my Art
The current mission of my art ties deeply to my desire to spotlight underserved communities. As an Asian-American artist, I have experienced many forms of racial prejudices first hand, and understand the need for cross-racial support and solidarity. My artistic interest lies in elevating the cultural legacy and awareness of the underserved communities, who are not often afforded the humanity and compassion due to lack of celebratory representation on the cultural and institutional level.
A cursory glance through my portfolio reveals a history full of experimentation and exploration with various techniques and styles. I am heavily influenced by masters like Hokusai, Rembrandt, Turner, Daumier, and later American Illustration artist, Bernie Fuchs—from whom I obsessively seek guidance on the relationship of light, color, composition, and execution.
I prefer to describe my motifs with a more free and intuitive approach, rather than cold imitation of photographic realism. I like my art to communicate an interplay of technical aptitude and compositional awareness, where viewers are encouraged to discover the depth of value, color, shape, and texture, in qualities of their own as well as in relational dialogue to each other.
2009-2014 B.S. Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley
2011-2012 Marchutz School of Art, Aix-en-Provence, France
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