Interviews

Stay Young in Mind, LA-Based Illustrator Cadie Long

Cadie Can Long (龍燦) is a freelance illustrator and fine artist based in Los Angeles. She grew up in China, studied Film as an undergraduate, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting (2018). Through her art, Cadie explores Nature, mythology, life, and the human psyche. She specializes in using digital applications, watercolor,…

Ask “What If”, New York-Based Artist Phyllis Yao

Phyllis Yao graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting, where she was a recipient of the Florence Leif Award. Since then, she has been an artist-in-residence at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan province, China, and has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado and Rhode Island. Phyllis’ many loves include hip…

Reflection of My Mental States and Surroundings, New York-Based Visual Artist Yuan Fang

Yuan Fang  (b. Shenzhen, China) is a visual artist who lives and works in New York. She graduated from the Visual and Critical Studies Program at School of Visual Arts (BFA) with Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement. Her works have been widely exhibited in the United States and China, including Yuan Fang: Rushing Down…

Magic of Natural Objects, New York-Based Painter Buwei Hu

Buwei Hu is a painter, printmaker. Born in China in 1996, he graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2019. Currently living in New York, he is studying at Pratt Institute in the United States, focusing on oil painting, drawing and printmaking. What ideas are you exploring in your practice? What is your art…

Shapes, Lines, and Characters, New York-Based Illustrator and Motion Designer Sunny Yazdani

Sunny Yazdani is an illustrator and motion graphic designer who likes to create a bridge between illustration and motion with various styles. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018 with MA degrees in Illustration and Motion Media Design. Sunny specializes in 2D design and motion graphics. Her work revolves around imagination about daily life, colorful, minimal design, and character design. She enjoys…

Tell Stories about Warm Moments in Life, Toronto-Based Illustrator Catherine Zhang

Catherine Zhang is an illustrator from China. She graduated from Liaoning University in China in visual design. Her work has often been described as dreaming, fresh, and clean. She received Creative Quarterly, Adobe award, Supernova, 3×3 Illustration Awards, etc. She is currently based in Toronto and works as a freelance illustrator and an art teacher.…

Keep Empathy and Responsibility in Mind, Baltimore-Based Multidisciplinary Designer Sean Dong

Sean Dong is a motion/3D designer and a Graphic Design MFA graduate from Maryland Institute College of Art(MICA). Dong’s MFA thesis created an immersive sensory experience with 3D motion graphics. His most recent work, Quarantine Testimony, illustrates his personal reflections during a pandemic. He is currently an adjunct faculty at MICA. Please tell us a…

Take Breaks, Vancouver-Based Graphic Designer Charmaine Cheng

Charmaine Cheng is a graphic designer and art director living on unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations, otherwise known as Vancouver BC. She currently works at Rethink Communications, an award-winning creative agency. When Charmaine isn’t working, she’s obsessing over typography, taking personality tests, or watching interviews of her favourite musicians. We’d love to hear how you…

Create with Logical Thinking Skills, NYC-Based Illustrator Li Zhang

Li Zhang is an award-winning illustrator based in New York. She is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators and Graphic Artist Guild. Li was born in Jiang Su, China. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in illustration. Prior to moving to the States, she worked as a…

Bring More Attentions to Old People, Jersey City-Based Artist Joe Whang

Joe Whang is a South Korean artist based in Jersey City. He has a BFA degree in illustration and an AAS degree in graphic design from Parsons. Before he went to Parsons, he studied fine arts in South Korea through his late 20’s. He has gained recognition with his illustration works from prestigious organizations such…

Embrace the Unexpected Developments, NYC-Based Illustrator Linda Liu

Linda Liu is a hungry illustrator with a taste for tactile textures, saucy shapes, and palatable palettes. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently working as a designer and freelance illustrator in NYC, where she simultaneously marvels at the New York bagel and misses the Los Angeles taco. Can you tell us a little about…

Express My Thoughts in Painting Series, NYC-Based Painter Ellie Kayu Ng

Ellie Kayu Ng is an oil painter based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in The New York Academy of Art. Most of her oil paintings convey her thoughts on the idea of beauty and fashion. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am an oil painter who…

Keep Breaking the Old Box, NYC-Based Multidisciplinary Artist Sizhu Li

Sizhu Li is a Chinese-born multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Educated in two different continents, Li has developed a unique visual language of immersive kinetic installations to illustrate her understanding of the universe, society, and nature which was influenced by both Eastern wisdom and Western philosophy. In 2018, she graduated from MICA with the…

Visualize the Written Language, NYC-Based Illustrator Yihui Yuan

Yihui Yuan, an illustrator and picture book writer & illustrator, was born in China and currently lives in New York. She got her master degree in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in 2019. During her time at the school, she won the scholarship from the Society of Children’s Books Writers…

Express In the Pictorial Space, Atlanta-Based Illustrator Jessie Lin

Jessie Lin is a freelance illustrator and translator from China. Currently, she is studying MFA in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She received recognition from 3×3 Illustration, Creative Quarterly, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Applied Arts, etc. Her main focus includes children’s books, book covers, editorial, etc. She works with both traditional…

Move Forward with Your Own Pace, Seoul and New York-Based Illustrator Jen Yoon

Jen Yoon (Jeongin Yoon) is an illustrator based in Seoul and New York. Her works specialize in both digital and traditional mediums, creating line works arouse deep, strong emotions. We’d love to hear how you got started. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born and raised in Korea, and also worked…

Rebuild a Logic on Paintings, San Francisco-Based Artist Wan Yang

Wan Yang (b. 1992) is an artist based in San Francisco but born in the northeastern city of Chang Chun in China. She received BFA from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. Wan Yang studied painting at Massachusettes College of Art and Design 2015-2017, where she found the way to express and…

Consider Creativity as the Best Buddy, Guangdong and Amsterdam-Based Artist Yaolan Luo

Yaolan Luo is a creative thinker, artist and curator, based between Guangdong, China and Amsterdam. She is making multimedia, intertwined with socio-political and technological contexts in current borderless society. Her practices range from books, filmmaking, visual objects and texts. She studied Art and Design at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, then received a Bachelor degree…

Interpret the Seemly Random, NYC-Based Multidisciplinary Artist Hongyu Pu

Hongyu Pu (b.1993, Chengdu, China) graduated with a BFA in Cinematography from SUNY Binghamton University and an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute. She worked in Chambers Fine Art after graduation. Hongyu curated the Experimental Film Festival at Art Mission Theater and Bundy Museum in Binghamton, as long as group exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY. She…

Be True to Yourself and Be Sincere to Your Creation, NYC-Based Sculptor Jiannan Wu

Jiannan Wu, born in 1990 in Dalian, China, is a young artist specializing in sculpture. He is the Elected Member of American National Sculpture Society, member of American Medallic Sculpture Association, member of Council of Overseas Chinese Artists Association and faculty of New York State Summer School of the Arts. Jiannan Wu received his BFA…

Which World Is Truly Real, LA-Based Motion Designer Curry Tian

Curry Tian is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has held various roles including 3d motion designer, concept/digital artist, illustrator, animator, photographer, creative director at studios internationally. Born and raised in China, she is aiming to bridge the gap between eastern and western culture, video art and film, expanding beyond into 3d motion graphic and alternative…

From Subconsciousness to Unrestrained Fantasy, NYC-Based Designer Suki Violet

Suki Violet is a Shenzhen-born, NYC-based multidisciplinary visual designer and her style is based on surrealism. She works as a graphic designer, 3d animator, photographer and art director. Forever curious, Suki Violet explores diverse disciplines and to develop her own unique visual language. We would love to hear how you get started and how the journey…

Cultural Differences In My Eyes, NYC-Based Photographer Cheng Gong

Cheng Gong was born in Hunan, China and received bachelor degree in Environmental Art of Design from Donghua University, Shanghai in 2012. Gong earned a Master’s degree in Project Management from Northeastern University, Boston in 2016 and a MFA in photography, video and related media in the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2019.…

The Way I Talk to the World, NYC-Based Illustrator Hannah Li

Hannah Li is an international award-winning illustrator originally from China. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with MFA in Illustration. Her work has often described as whimsical, dreaming, and optimistic. She received recognition from Red Dot. Society of Illustration, 3×3 Illustration, Illustration West, American Illustration, Japan Illustrators’ Association, etc. Her selected clients…