As far back as Huihan Liu can remember, he has loved to draw and sketch. As a little kid, Liu’s father taught him to write Chinese calligraphy with a brush and ink on rice paper, thus encouraging his interest in art.
Liu was trained in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China, and then received bachelor’s (1972) and master’s (1989) degrees from the Academy of Art College of San Francisco. Today, with more than 40 years of experience as an illustrator, teacher and painter, he is a master signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a master signature member of the American Impressionist Society and a signature member of the California Art Club.
Liu has received numerous awards including the Best of Show Award in the Oil Painters of America Regional Exhibition in 1996; the Gold Medal for painting from the California Art Club in 2003; the Best of Show in Painting – John Scott People’s Choice Award from the Western Rendezvous of Art in 2003; First Place in the Bowers Museum Contemporary Plein Air Permanent Collection in 2003; First Place winner in the Mission San Juan Capistrano Plein Air event in 2003; and the Gold Medal for the Master Signature Division at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show in 2009.
Liu has also been featured in such publications as Art of the West, The Artist, Southwest Art and International Artists magazines.