I was born in Hong Kong in 1956. In 1977 I immigrated to Canada. Since I was a child in Hong Kong, I have always been fond of Chinese art and antiques.
Although I started learning painting late in life, I always knew I had an artist in me. Through encouragement from family over the years I sought out the right teacher for me. I found the right teacher in Mr. James Lee, a well-known Chinese painter and teacher, whom has also studied western art. Mr. Lee my teacher always praised me on the originality of my work. After one year learning art under Mr. Lee’s tutelage, I decided to develop my own style of painting. I have also studied Chinese calligraphy under Mr. Wong Man Kuen, a well-known calligrapher in the Greater Toronto Area. Every week’s new class, my fellow classmates were all anxious to see what I had worked on.
Memberships & Professional Associations
- Ontario Chinese Artists Association (OCAA)
- Feimo Contemporary Calligraphy, Florence Italy
- Station Gallery, Whitby Ontario
- Space Shufa Club, Toronto
- Modao Ink Creatives
Exhibitions & Awards
In 2014 I have had work in the Art of Food Exhibition at the Urban Gallery, Asian Heritage Month Exhibition at Metro Hall in Toronto, and various calligraphy exhibitions. I also have my debut solo exhibition in December 2014 at the Urban Gallery in Toronto. Ending January 10th 2015
My art work was selected for the OCAA Art Exhibition during the Asian Heritage Month of Canada,in April 2013.
In 2012 I participated in the Canada Outstanding Chinese Artists Exhibition at the East Art Gallery.
I also participated in the Drawing For Art at the Station Gallery since 2010.
My contemporary calligraphy painting, Love, was selected in 2010 at the Station Gallery’s Prestigious Juried Selected Art Exhibition. I have also received numerous outstanding achievement awards for my work.
I participated in the Celebration of the OCAA’s 60th Anniversary Art Exhibition of China, as well as many painting exhibitions put on by the OCAA every year since 2010.
My artwork can also be found listed in the Collected Works of Members of the OCAA 30th anniversary edition.
In May of 2013 I was one of 2 Chinese artists honoured to be invited by the Chinese Consulate in Canada through the OCAA, to go to Tibet for the art exhibition to be held in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately I had to decline the invitation, as my work schedule did not permit me to do so.
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