Amy Da-Peng King was born in Taipei, Taiwan, where she began learning traditional Chinese brush painting at the age of 13. Her grandfather and her parents believed that art cultivated a person’s mind and with their encouragement, she spent most of her leisure time in her art teachers’ studios, copying their work and also exploring the styles of western paintings.
Moving to California in 1979, Amy studied fine art at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of Arts) in Oakland, where she earned a BFA degree with honors.
Subsequently, Amy visited China to learn the techniques of the “Old Master Style” from the Tang and Sung Dynasty. She has studied extensively with Master Pei-Jen Hau.
Amy’s painting style harmoniously incorporates the influences of eastern and western aesthetics. Her brush painting is characterized by bold strokes and bright colors that capture her subjects with a contemporary freshness that illuminates and celebrates the traditional styles of the Old Masters.
Amy’s distinguished “fusion style” has earned many awards and her work is shown extensively both in the United States and China.
Amy continues to teach the philosophy and methods of Chinese brush painting in her Belmont, CA, studio. She has participated in many outreach programs at local schools and communities throughout her 20-year teaching career.
As a member of the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), the Chinese Arts Association of San Francisco and Arts Society of the United States, Amy continues to push the boundaries of traditional and contemporary brush painting.
You can see more of Amy’s work on her website.
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