|Ni Zhu grew up
in a small town in southern China. She studied law in Beijing
University and came to North America for graduate studies. While
still on a career path to become a law professor, Ni encountered
the passion of her life, painting. A career change had to happen
as she devoted more and more time and energy in art. She started
taking classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco
as well as workshops with master painters such as Huihan Liu,
Zhaoming Wu, and Daniel Gerhartz. She earned her MFA degree in
Ni always finds herself intrigued by a certain light, a certain
mood, or simply a certain moment in life.
Naturally she paints people doing their thing in their own world,
trying to recreate the mood or feeling that once moved her.
up in China, lived in North America for 20 years and travelled
extensively across the globe,
Ni is constantly touched and inspired by interesting moments
of life in various contexts and situations. .
Ni holds signature membership in the Oil Painters
of America and the American Impressionist Society.
She is also a member of the California Art Club and the Women
Artists of the West. Recent recognitions include First Place
in the Landscape category of the 37th Artist's Magazine Annual
Art Competition in 2020, the In Pursuit of Beauty Special Award
at Women Artists of the West 50th National Exhibition in 2020,
the Outstanding Composition and Technique Award
of Excellence at the 2017 OPA annual National Exhibition, and
the director's choice award at the 2016 Spring Show of the Academy
of Art University.