Yanping Lu

Born in: 1965, Shanghai, China
Lives in: Dublin, OH, USA
Describe your art in three words: Expressive; Meaningful; Communicative.
Discipline: Painting, Digital Media, Illustration, Watercolor, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing, Video, Textile Arts, Crafts
Education: Master of Educational Informatics from Japan Tohoku University.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from China Hubei Institute of Fine Arts.
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"I am Yanping Lu, merging Shanghai's vibrancy with Hollywood's allure. My art, inspired by my mother's bold textiles, blends traditional Chinese craftsmanship with Japanese digital precision. My collections, viewers on a profound journey of beauty and introspection."

What themes does your work involve?
1. Character theme series: Charm Symbol: Glamour Gaze Series Charm Symbol Series Elegance Spectrum Series . 2 Flowers and Birds: Feather Hues Series Vivid Bird Series
Describe your creative process.
My creative process begins with inspiration, often drawn from a deep connection to the beauty of nature and human emotions. I start by sketching out ideas and experimenting with colors and forms that can convey the emotions I intend to express. For instance, in my "Glamour Gaze" series, I explore the interaction of facial expressions with visual effects of balance and anamorphic design on a two-dimensional canvas, creating a dynamic sense of movement that symbolizes the vitality of the character’s features. Throughout the painting process, I meticulously control the relationship between overall and local forms, as well as the contrast between warm and cool colors, layering colors and textures until I achieve the depth and intensity of emotion I envisioned.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I grew up in a family where both parents had a deep love for music, dance, and fashion, profoundly influencing my understanding of art. The graceful elegance of black-and-white Hollywood movie stars ignited my artistic inspiration and has become an indispensable element in my work. Additionally, my mother's exquisite skill in tailoring, especially her exaggerated Hollywood-style bras, shaped my appreciation of the feminine form's beauty. These influences are deeply embedded in my artistic creations, driving my lifelong pursuit of beauty.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is the harmonious integration of "Art" and "Technique." Here, "Art" is not just about an idea or concept, but deeply ingrained in cultural traditions and artistic cultivation, encompassing design principles and aesthetic functions that serve the profound significance and practicality of the artwork. "Technique," on the other hand, focuses on the technical aspects of artistic expression, such as proficient use of painting tools, a wealth of painting skills, and the expressive power of forms and colors. The success of an artwork largely depends on how effectively these elements are combined, thereby not only satisfying visual aesthetics but also touching the viewer's heart.
What is the role of the artist today?
As an artist, my motivation stems from a deep need to express my inner world through art. Art provides me with a unique language that allows me to explore and articulate the complexities of human experience. By engaging in art education and professional creation, I seek not only personal expression but also to inspire others to discover and appreciate the diversity of beauty. My journey into art began with a profound fascination with beauty and a desire for creativity. The power of art lies in its ability to transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries, touching people's hearts through visual and emotional resonance. My curiosity drives me to continually explore different forms of art, with each creation being an exploration of self-expression and artistic potential.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist