A picture may be worth a thousand words, but we have just one word for artist Ann Niu's work: Wow. A few more come to mind, like "beautiful," "heartening," and "stimulating," but we'll quit before we actually do list one thousand words to sum up how we just can't get enough of Niu's creations.
And for the artist herself? How about "globally coveted." Her client list of private collectors spans from the USA to Malaysia, Japan, Belgium, China and beyond. Commercial giants likes HSBC, Adidas, and Ogilvy have commissioned pieces from Niu for public art, in addition to the countless solo and group exhibitions she's shown internationally from Shanghai and Paris to Toyko, the Netherlands and Australia.
The Shanghai- and San Francisco-based artist, who established her studio a decade ago and now splits her time creating artwork between both cities, most recently showed a stunning series of paintings at Sin Sin Fine Art gallery in Hong Kong. Inspired by her sometimes-home, Niu was so moved by the moods, people, and happenings around Shanghai that she titled the exhibit, Drama. Working with materials like acrylic, water color and ink on mediums such as canvas and rice paper, Niu's Drama creations capture the changes and moments in Shanghai with figures in stunning colors and mind-bending shapes—and you can get a glimpse into the artist's creative process in our exclusive AHAlife video.
Imagine how different the world would be if, instead of causing tension and irritability, the drama of daily life prompted people to create beautiful images and art? "Drama can be sad or tragic, but as art, it’s always a positive thing," said Niu. It's an idea we can really get behind. Thus, we have one parting word: Inspired.
from Shanghai, China