I was born in Indonesia and grew up exploring the crowded city of Jakarta, the back woods of Java island, and later the contrastingly fresh air of Seattle. As a teenager, Salvador Dalí, Mr. Tino Sidin (an Indonesian artist cartoonist), and many random design publications from around the world inspired my initial art making.
As a minority kid, I was ethnically Chinese and the majority was not. The kids in my neighborhood constantly bullied and made fun of me. They called me racist names just because I looked different than them. This was the norm for me. Looking back now, I compare this experience to someone saying the N word to an African American kid. Yeah, pretty effed up.
On my good days, I could easily ignore them and think of them as a high-pitched whiney Barbie dolls talking nonsense. But on my bad days, my perfectly okay day could turn bad and ugly. That's when I ran to my paintings.
Painting helped me cope with the mean-spirited world around me. I smashed that ugly day to the ground and turned it to a super seed of fun.
Now, my art making is a lifelong study in finding my voice. A continuation of learning and responding to my emotions, my emotions that are calling out to be expressed and interpreted. Embracing the power of paradoxical beauty in all that I do.
My latest paintings are graphical and abstract. They are searching for context and creating an underlying stories. Embracing tension such as dark and light, the raw and refined, the thick and thin. Multiple layers of materials reveal a journey of discovery. The many life cycles, transformation and evolution allowing you the viewer to connect with your own inner voice.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pasadena Art Center College of Design. I now work and live in Seattle, Washington. In addition to numerous private collections in both the United States, Australia, and Asia, my paintings and digital murals can be seen in various locations of the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle's South Lake Union campus.
Painting for me is a spiritual journey of discovery, a place where fear, pain, and sorrows collided with acceptance, love, and hope. As I paint, I continue my search for my internal voice, I re-connect with my core values, creating a composition of colors, shapes, and textures that bring out the beauty in our struggles. My goal is to invite anyone who sees my work to explore the unknown within their hearts, and to discover the authentic voice within all of us.
1997 Art Center College of Design (B.F.A)
1994 Art Institute of Seattle (A.A)
2018 Art San Diego, Invitational Art Collective managed by Jen Tough Gallery, International Group Exhibition.
2018 Visual Impressions Juried show Ryan James Fine Arts.
2017 Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas Auction (Saving Salmon)
2011 Cake Spy (Sugar Rush )
2011 RAW Pulse Seattle at iMusic, Seattle WA (Chaosmatic & Sugar Rush)
2010 Retrofit Home, Capitol Hill WA (Sugar Rush)
2010 The Other Coast, Ballard WA (Sugar Rush)
2010 Trophy Cupcakes Wallingford, Seattle WA (Sugar Rush)
2009 Atlas, Seattle WA (Sugar Rush)
2003 Art With Heart Holiday Shindig Auction, Seattle WA (Rush)
2003 Firehouse Cafe, Ballard WA (Blindspot)
2002 Artemis Gallery, Seattle WA (Rush & Blindspot)
2001 Northwest Asian American Theater RAW Gallery, Seattle WA (Rush)
2000 Atlas, Seattle WA
1999 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle WA
1998 The 1998 Art Fest Gallery, Seattle University
1989 Sanggar Sang Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
GroupHealth Cooperative, Seattle WA
Jill Lewis of JLArchitecture, Buenos Aires, Palm Springs
Mike Mariano & Grace Kim of Schemata Workshop, Seattle WA
Rebecca Lyman of The Garrigan Lyman Group, Seattle WA
Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes, Seattle WA
Amazon.com, Inc. Seattle WA