Artist Biography

Pao Lien Hung is an artist from Taiwan. She has traveled internationally and exhibited her artwork in many countries. For more than a decade, she has been living in the Napa Valley, California, and produced many artwork. Originally, she was born in the south of Formosa and grew up in the aural area of the village. The inspiration of mother nature and influence of an unpolluted environment escaped from industrial civilization in childhood still motivates her to create artwork today.

It’s a passion. She started making sculptures and paintings many years ago and learned from her own experiments. Her artwork always reflects the feelings she received from the environments. Her paintings are influenced by impressionism, such work expresses her sincerity and respect to the truthful emotions from life experience. Somehow, the philosophy in behind of her sculptures fits with the post-modernism settings, where she presents a decadent image of what humanities have left in the new world. Interestingly, some of her recent paintings are humorous, making fun of the characteristics of human nature.

The messages in her artwork tell us to look at things differently. She believes that looking at the world through a unique lens is how art can bring meanings to life.

Exhibitions, Collections, and Capstones

  • 1992 : Won third prize of the fifth Chinese Ceramic Exhibition and this piece became part of the National Museum of History Collection.
  • 1993 : On Exhibition at the Taipei International Exhibition of Ceramics.
  • 1994 : Exhibited at the First Annual Pacific Rim Ceramic Sculpture Conference, Honolulu Academy of Arts.
  • 1995 : Taiwan Museum of Fine Art purchased and exhibited her work.
  • 1996 : Selected to exhibit at the Art De La Ceramicque, Taipei & Comite pour la creation d’un centre cultural et d’information de Taipei, a Paris.
  • 1996: Won the Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award, New Zealand.
  • 1997 : Moved to St. Helena, California and began her organic work.
  • 1998 : Invited by the People’s Republic of China to exhibit at the First International Show in Yixing, China.
  • 1998 : Xu of China purchased work for their family-owned museum.
  • 1999 : Guest ceramist at Suzhou University of Art & Design, Suzhou, China. Work now in the University’s museum.
  • 2000-Present : Into abstract and monotype painting.