by Amy Cheng
Our featured artist for this issue is Amy Cheng, whose visual works are lyrical meditations on color, natural form and pattern. The surfaces of Amy’s paintings are made of complex, shimmering layers that show the intersections of multiple influences and energies: sensuous and playful, serious and transcendental, spontaneous and attentive to form.
All Along the Way
Thereafter the Boatman
Amy Cheng was born in Taiwan, raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has completed four public art commissions: a hand-painted ceramic mural for the Howard St. L Station in Chicago; a mosaic column for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; seven faceted glass windscreens commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit for the Cleveland Street Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York; and a suite of murals for the auditorium at P.S. 58, The School of Heroes, in Queens, NY commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. The Florida Art in State Buildings Program has installed one of her paintings, “No Condition Is Permanent” in Florida Atlantic University’s S.W. Wimberly Library. She has had one-person exhibitions at Gallery 456 and Penny Liebman Contemporary Art in New York City, at the Harrison Gallery in Boca Raton, FL, and Art & Soul Gallery in Boulder, CO. She has been awarded a Senior Fulbright Lecture/Research Award to Brazil, two New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowships, and a travel grant to China from Arts International. She is a Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.