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Self-Portrait Oil on linen 36"x24" Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America 2011 Members-Only Competition

Self-Portrait
Oil on linen 36"x24"
Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America 2011 Members-Only Competition

Ying-He Liu received B.A. in Fine Arts from Stony Brook University, SUNY in 1983 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She pursued postgraduate study under the tutelage of James McMullen in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Prior to her arrival in the US, she was an English major in Anhui Normal University and had rare privilege of studying privately with two great Chinese masters Ha Ding and Yan Wenliang, President of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in China. She also attended workshops by preeminent American masters Daniel E. Greene and Everett Raymond Kinstler.

The artist was employed as an illustrator by a leading advertising agency Backer Spielvogel Bates in New York City from 1986 through 1989. Since 1990, Ms. Liu has devoted most of her career to portraiture. The artist has traveled extensively in Europe studying Old Masters' works in museums and galleries. Her exceptional talent and versatility have been greatly sought after in US and abroad. She has successfully completed nearly three hundred commissions which have received constant rave reviews. Her subjects encompass many heads of major corporations and institutes, extraordinary leaders in academics, philanthropy, medicine, finance, government, religion and arts as well as family members of domestic and and international clientele. Ms. Liu has participated in exhibitions in Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center, Portraits Inc., the Salmagundi Club and Arader Galleries in New York City, Francesca Anderson Fine Arts in MA among others. The artist and her works have also been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Home and Garden, Town and Country, Southern Accents, Newsday, New York Post, New Jersey Star-Ledger, American Artist, International Artist and many more.

Ms. Liu has won many awards which include finalist in The Artist Magazine's 23rd Annual Art Competition, finalist in the 2007 American Artist Cover Competition, and numerous awards in the Portrait Society of America Members' Competitions since 2007. She is a member of Portrait Society of America and Artists' Fellowship, Inc. She is represented by seven leading portrait agencies in the US. Her teaching experience includes the Portrait Society of America, Long Island Academy of Fine Arts and private classes held in her studio. The artist and her family reside in Long Island, NY.