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born in Hong Kong, lives and works in Northern California


S T A T E M E N T

One of my professors from graduate school had once told me, "Don't ask what painting can do for you. Ask what painting can do with you."

Art-making has been guiding me to understand how I attach meanings to my experience as a gay Chinese immigrant. Over the years, I find myself oscillating between abstract and representational art trying to depict several themes: isolation, fantasy, nature, men, and more recently hope and mindfulness. I continue to strive to be authentic as I navigate what each piece is about and how I'd like my work to influence others.


E X H I B I T I O N S

2022 Rancho Cordova City Hall, Abstract Portraits, Rancho Cordova, CA
2022 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento CA
2021 Rancho Cordova City Hall, Abstraction, Rancho Cordova, CA
2020 Rancho Cordova City Hall, The Fall Show 2020, Rancho Cordova, CA
2019 Rancho Cordova City Hall, The Fall Open Show, Rancho Cordova, CA
2019 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2019 Rancho Cordova City Hall, Bizarre & Surreal, Rancho Cordova, CA
2018 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2016 Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College Art Department Centennial Exhibition, Sacramento CA
2015 Else Gallery, Sacramento State Alumni Open Show 2015, Sacramento, CA
2014 Else Gallery, Sacramento State Alumni Open Show 2014, Sacramento, CA
2013 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2013 Else Gallery, Sacramento State Alumni Open Show 2013, Sacramento, CA
2012 Blue Line Gallery, Crocker-Kingsley Competition, Sacramento, CA
2012 Contemporary Dance Conservatory, TWO = ONE, Sacramento, CA
2012 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2012 University Library Gallery, Sac State Has Talent, Sacramento, CA
2011 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2010 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Small But Mighty Works, Sacramento, CA
2010 J-8 Studios, New Work - Hei Fok & Debra van Hulsteyn, Sacramento, CA
2010 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2008 Blue Line Gallery, Roseville Arts' 32nd Annual Open Show, Roseville, CA
2007 Cal Expo, California State Fair (Fine Art Competition), Sacramento, CA
2005 Uptown Gallery, CSUS Graduate Student Show, Sacramento, CA
2005 University Library Gallery, MA Show, Sacramento, CA
2005 University Union Gallery, Student Purchase Award Show, Sacramento, CA
2005 Else Gallery, 030405, Sacramento, CA
2004 Phantom Galleries, Showroom Art Show, Sacramento, CA
2004 b. sakata garo, ArtBowl IV, Sacramento, CA
2004 Roseville Arts Center, 29th Annual Open Show, Roseville, CA
2004 Witt Gallery, Situations & Nowheres, Sacramento, CA
2004 Else Gallery, Student Awards Show, Sacramento, CA
2004 University Union Gallery, Reunion, Sacramento, CA
2003 Else Gallery, Déjà vu (Or Not), Sacramento, CA
2002 University Union Gallery, Student Purchase Award Show, Sacramento, CA
2002 Else Gallery, Student Awards Show, Sacramento, CA


A W A R D S

​2022 Awards of Excellence (2); Northern California Arts Award, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2019 Award of Merit, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2018 Award of Excellence & Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH) Award, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2014 Honorable Mention, Sacramento State Alumni Open Show 2014, Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2013 Award of Merit, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2012 Award of Merit, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2011 Award of Merit, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2010 Award of Merit & Kay Boron Memorial Award, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2008 Honorable Mention Award, Roseville Arts' 32nd Annual Open Show, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA
2007 Award of Merit, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
2005 Honorable Mention, Student Purchase Award Show, University Union Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowship, Student Awards Show, Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004 Honorable Mention Award, 29th Annual Open Show, Roseville Arts Center, Roseville, CA
2002 Best of Show & Purchase Award, Student Purchase Award Show, University Union Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 Peyser Prize in Painting, Student Awards Show, Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA


E D U C A T I O N

M.A., B.A., B.S., California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
A.A., Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA