Yi Lin is an emerging artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specialises in surrealist watercolour paintings inspired by her fond and sometimes poignant memories of the diverse places she has lived, including Zambia, China, and the United States. She uses classical watercolour techniques to reveal the enchantment and charm hidden within each of her subjects, infusing them with energy and her own sense of magic. Her primary focus is on portraiture and figure painting, which highlights the spirits and energy of the human form. Yi Lin was drawn to art from an early age, having taken up art lessons from kindergarten all through high school.
Even though her artistic skills were recognised through the winning of several international art competitions in her youth, she pursued a career in engineering, after earning her bachelors and master’s degrees from renowned U.S. educational institutions. In 2017, she decided to fulfil her childhood passion and challenged herself to create a piece of original artwork every day. The responses to her art was overwhelming and she decided to pursue art professionally. She has studied under several master artists, including Glenn Hirsh who taught at San Francisco Art Institute. Since turning professional, she has already been selected to exhibit in several Bay Area art shows.