Kathy Liao was born in Taiwan. She moved to Southern California with her family at a young age - the cultural duality has a significant influence on her current body of work. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University, where she worked closely with painters John Walker, Richard Ryan, and Harold Radicliffe. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, Seattle, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. Liao is a recipient of various local and national awards including the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Brook Fellowship Scholarship from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Constantin Alajavo Scholarship from Boston University, and Best of Show at the Collective Vision Gallery Juried Show.
Her works were shown at the 808 Gallery in Boston, Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA, Seattle Art Museum Gallery and Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle, and Agora Gallery in NY.
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"My creativity is fueled by a sense of play and an excitement for the unique visual language of paint. Through direct observation, my work is developed through an exploration of of lines, shapes, and color through the visceral act of painting, scraping and collaging materials. Each painting is an autobiographical compilation - the surface is worked and reworked as the stories build and overlap each other. I am strongly influenced by artists such as Charlyne von Heyl, Dana Schutz, and Matisse, whose works are deeply rooted in the tradition of painting but unafraid to break boundaries."
"Duality is a theme that repeatedly makes its way into my work. Having spent my childhood in Taiwan, I am strongly influenced by my dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. Coming to America, I found my deeply held beliefs being constantly re-evaluated, challenged, and sometimes compromised. My work is a medium for me to revisit and gain new understanding from my immigration experience."