ABOUT THE ARTIST

Olivia Zeng is a painter and illustrator based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her practice includes oil, acrylic, and watercolour painting, as well as drawing.

As a young artist, she has been awarded with many major awards in both artistic and academic fields. Her achievements include first and second place in the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day National Poster Contest, the Governor General Academic Medal, and Top Artist in the District.

Olivia's subject matter and artistic style often includes a blend of traditional technique and modern fluidity. With her Chinese-Canadian identity in mind, she aims to create a lyrical visual dialogue about what it means to embrace and be inspired by cultural heritage when expressing personal and societal concerns. Her works often maintain a delicate balance between realism and abstraction, and showcase a vivid palette of hues and tones.

EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Vancouver Arts Carnival "Splendour of Canada" Paintings Exhibition
International Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2019 - Father and Daughter: Art Gallery Exhibit & Live Painting
LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2018 - The Figure and the Body
ECU Landing Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2018 - Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018 Arts Festival
International Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017 - "Beautiful Canada" National Crossing Boundaries Art Exhibition
International Arts Gallery, Vancouver BC

2017 - Foundation Show
ECU Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2016 - Remembrance
Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON

2016 - Emerging Talent 19
Art Gallery at Evergreen, Coquitlam, BC

2016 - District 43 Art Exhibition
Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam, BC

2012 to 2015 - Howe Street Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2011 to 2013 - Omega Custom Framing and Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010 to 2011 - Gallery 88 Arts, Vancouver, BC

AWARDS
 

2019 - 2nd Runner-up for Best Demonstration of Skills from Canada Chinese Arts Bridge Association

2018 - Best Work on Board or Canvas for Precious from International Arts Gallery

2018 - People's Choice Award for Precious from International Arts Gallery

 

2016 - Governor General Academic Medal

2016 - 1st Place for Senior Colour Poster in the Royal Canadian Legion Poster Contest

2016 - 2nd Place for Senior B&W Poster in the Royal Canadian Legion Poster Contest

2016 - Top Artist Overall at the SD43 District Art Exhibition

2016 - Emerging Talent 19 Viewer's Choice Award for Harvest Dance

2014 - 1st Place in OPUS Outdoor Painting Contest

REPRESENTATION

2020 to Present - Vancouver Fine Art Gallery

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