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Sharon Liú - Mom Artist 

I'm a mom, a wife, a painter, and I'm trying to be an artist.

I started learning art at a very young age. It almost feels like another life when I look back to those years of professional training at one of the best art schools in China. I often tell people that growing up, I was well trained as a painter, but never trained as an artist. Most of my sense of art came from life itself, but because of my education as a transitional oil painter, my approach to canvas was always focused on the likeness to real life rather than expression. It is new to me—almost unimaginable—to try to speak for myself through art.


Almost 14 years ago, I “quit” being an artist and started working. I didn’t hate it; my job was stable, and it provided me all I needed during a time when I lived independently in Shanghai. It was actually pretty awesome. But when I moved to the States and had my firstborn daughter, things started to change. I started to face the reality of life; I was a single mother of a Nigerian and Chinese mixed-race child. Given the demographics and social realities of China, I was not willing to try raising her back home.

I was determined that the States would be a much better place for her. Little did I know... Over the years, I learned more and more about this country: race and racism, politics and partisanship, the government and the people.


During the election 2016, I was upset. There were so much hate and negativity around the world. Like a lot of people, I was very distressed. But somehow, my children opened up a world to me, one defined by a fullness of pure love, and it healed me. And that’s what has kept me focused in pursuit of creating a meaningful life for myself and for my children. In the face of all the hate crimes, I started to rebuild my relationship to the world. Though Covid continually messes up my routine, over the past four years, I’ve been privileged to have my own studio space, and I’ve started to rebuild my art skills. And now, I have a relentless creativity in me that I want to vent.


2002 - 2006

China Academy of Fine Art

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