muralist. painter. multimedia explorer.
Before Lin Fei Fei was born in Dailan, China during the Year of the Rabbit, a fortune teller predicted that she would be a boy. Her family was dismayed when Fei arrived in this world a girl, one of many times she would defy expectations. With the one-child law, Chinese families pinned all their hopes for future prosperity on having boys. The neighbors had two boys and even offered to trade babies.
Fei felt this disappointment immediately and tried to fashion herself into the boy her family wanted, but she was urged toward typical girl behaviors. Drawing and painting offered her a haven: she could remake the world, tell her own truth.
From this very early age, her family recognized Fei’s talent and drive, putting as many educational opportunities in front of her as possible. Fei excelled, eventually completing her Master’s in Oil Painting at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. This led to painting and participating in exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, where she relocated.
Her imaginative process spans a broad vocabulary that utilizes traditional techniques in painting and paper cut-out, graff-style street murals, and installations. Fei has contributed to mixed media collaborations alongside musicians, writers, fashion designers, and virtual reality artists. As with all her art, Fei is driven by unearthing difficult truths both cultural and personal. She’s drawn to concepts that are taboo in Chinese culture like sexuality and mortality and she sees it as her job to bring these facets of human experience out into the light.
Lin Fei Fei’s work hangs in collections at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo National Art Academy, Blue Roof Art Museum, Wang Shi Kuo Art Foundation, Eland Foundation, Laforet Summer Vacation Project in Italy, and numerous private galleries and collections. In 2016, she was selected as one of ten "Contemporary Chinese Artists of the Future" by the Wang Shi Kuo Art Foundation in Beijing, China.
Lin Fei Fei is Co-Founder and Creative Director of A Space in Between, a non-profit multipurpose art space in the heart of Sacramento. The mission is to provide a radically experimental collaborative venue, bringing different aspects of culture together with the international community.