Interactions of color and shape play a pivotal role in California-based artist Haoyun Erin Zhao’s bold and dynamic painting, printmaking, mural and public art. Shape and color are placed and layered mindfully to explore visual sensations. The artist creates work to investigate human perception and its connection to memory, place, culture and personal experience. To explore visual sensations, Erin works in layers and meticulously composes geometric shapes and organic curves to create a rhythmic composition with interchangeable positive and negative space. She’s interested in bridging the tangible with the impalpable, in creating art that expresses feelings we experience but which we cannot put into words, or the part that is lost in translation when interchanging languages and cultures. Her work often invites open-ended reflections on memory and place.

Erin received her BFA from The Academy of Art University. She currently lives and works in San Francisco as a visual artist focusing on painting and printmaking. Erin also teaches at ArtWorks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco. She serves as a judge for Asian Pacific Fund’s annual visual art competition “Growing Up Asian in America Program.” She was selected as one of the artists for Hearts in SF Project, 2019 by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The artist’s work has been published on International Artist Magazine and exhibited in galleries, museum exhibitions and invitational shows at venues such as de Young Museum, Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, AAU The Cannery Gallery, Salesforce Art Showcase and etc. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Asia.