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I spent the first 14 years of my life in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. With the main focus of Asian education being on academic studies any creative interaction was limited. At the age of 14 I was moved abruptly to the USA. I struggled to communicate since my knowledge of English was restricted to basic essentials. Communication was virtually impossible. This left me feeling alienated, particularly at school.

Out of necessity I started to draw and doodle to communicate with my fellow classmates. They found this interesting and humorous; it enabled me to express myself and simultaneously attract friends.

As time went on my creative skills flourished; art, also became a way to escape and vent the frustrations of this difficult period of cultural adjustment. By the end of the first year, after starting with no creative skills that I was aware of, I was awarded "Artist of the Year" in junior high school. This triggered off the confidence to explore this newly found talent and led me to adopt a life immersed in art.

From here on I grew creatively - channeling and expressing my thoughts and reactions. This enabled me to find my true calling and inner spirit as I delved deeper. Initially, I opted for 3-D animation, believing that this would give me the financial stability I grew up with. I hadn't as yet built up enough confidence in myself to believe that I could make a living out of Fine Art. It was only at the age of 23 , when I traveled to Italy and lay my eyes, for the first time, on Michaelangelo's sculpture that I began to belive. When I saw the deep passion he put into his works, it moved me to see how, 500 years later, his art and what it communicated, had still managed to touch me at such a profound level. He had transcended time through his art and lived on in his work. I decided to change my direction and take the plunge to study the fundamental craftsman skills in fine art and detach myself from the concerns I had for the comfort of a material life.

The three years spent studying at The Florence Academy of Art enabled me to walk away with a knowledge of a plethora of crafts. I now knew my mediums. The next step was to actually understand myself and the message I wished to convey via these mediums. This has been, and continues to be a wonderful and sometimes tortuous journey as I experience my life and the world around me. My inspirations are continually changing and evolving - they vary from psychology, philosophy, cosmology, spirituality - the list is endless, I never know what the next moment has to offer. Essentially, I believe that we are all a projection of our thoughts and emotions, and art is an extension of this projection which is ultimately all an illusion. Because nothing remains the same, and everything always changes, my art, my philosophy, my illusions, my projection shall continue to change as I live my life through my art and my art lives through my life. I hope that you will be around to experience the journey with me!

1976     
Born in Taipei, R.O.C.

1991    
Immigrated to U.S.A.

1993-1996    
Studied 3-D Design with clay, metal, & stone.

1996-1999    
San Francisco Academy of Art University, U.S.A.
B.A. of Computer Arts  
     
1999-2002    
Florence Academy of Art, Italy, EU.
Figurative Arts
 
2002 - 2010
Living & creating in Malta, EU.

2010 - 2011
Living in Taiwan & creating between Europe & Asia

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Special thanks to   

Alex Max
Ms. Agnieszka Skalska
Mr. Andrew Berger
Ms. Anna Galea         
Ms. Caroline Borg         
Mr. Christian Wintersteiger         
Ms. Christine X
Mr. Emil Malmberg       
Mr. Fabrizio Mifsud Soler
Mr. Jeff Chain       
Ms. Katryna Samut Tagliaferro         
Ms. Lisa Gwen Baldacchin
Ms. Mani Yang
Mr. Ray Chiang
Mr. Tom Liu

Solo Exhibition

2008 October

"Monad" - The Mulino Pantanella, Rome, Italy

2007 June

"Yanse Unleashed" - Goth, Malta

2007 March

"Project Relationship" -  National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta

2006 October

"Searching" - Le Meridien, St. Julian, Malta

2005 November

"Society & Dream" - Manoel Theatre, Valletta, Malta

2004 July

"Zhan" - Auntielucy - Bay Street, St. Julians, Malta

 

 

 

Collective Exhibition

 

2010 April

The Art of Four Elements - St. James Cavalier, Malta

2009 April

"(AG)2" - Inquistor's Palace, Malta

2006 April

Din L-Art Helwa  - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta

2006 April

AX Foundation - Sliema, Malta

2005 April

The Human Figure - Artitude, Sliema, Malta

2003 April

The Eden Foundation - Victoria, Gozo, Malta

2000-2002

Florence Academy of Art - Florence, Italy

1996

Arts & Crafts Exhibition - Orinda, California, USA

1993

Oil Painting Exhibition of 28 Youth - San Francisco, California, USA