BIOGRAPHY

 

Since 2018, Siyan Wong has shown her paintings at the Equity Gallery of New York Artist Equity Association, New York Arts Center, and spoken at a solo workshop about her art and paintings at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MOCA) and at local independent radio shows. As a workers' rights lawyer, her contact with everyday working people informs her empathy and artistic vision. Her current and on-going projects include "Five Cents A Can: Making Visible the Invisible.” It is about the people who survive on picking up cans and bottles in a city of abundance. She is also working on a project called “Home: With and Without" that focuses on gatherings and intimacies in the homes and the isolation and sadness on those without a home. 

Siyan acquired her art fundamentals at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. Though she went on to study history and economics in college, and then attended law school, she always took art classes alongside her academic studies. In 2000, she began working as a workers' rights lawyer. Since 2001, she continued her art studies with semester and weekend classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the New York Art Academy and Cooper Union. Currently, she studies at the Art Students League. Privately, she spends her time studying the works of great painters and paints in her home studio late into the night. She is inspired by the colors of Paul Cezanne; the confidence in Alice Neel's lines; and the passion of Isidre Nonell to paint the socially ostracized at a time when they were invisible.