Chinese-American artist Hung Liu has won the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts in Painting twice: an amazing accomplishment for any artist, and particularly so for an artist whose work transcends continents, generations, and social and cultural observations. Born under the Maoist regime in 1948, Liu first studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. After immigrating to the United States in 1984, Liu studied at the University of California, San Diego. Now internationally renowned, Liu’s work has encompassed a breadth and depth that expands the mediums of photography, paintings, prints, and textiles as she continues to explore the social and cultural discussions in both her native China and her American homeland. Her pieces meld the past with the present through both her imagery and her use of linseed oil that creates a veiled effect. Liu’s work is in the permanent collections of some of the nation’s most prestigious museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her current exhibitions include Stranger in a Strange Land: Art of California at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Hung Liu in Print at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. – where these photos were taken of the exhibition.