Leigh Wen  鄭麗雲  www.leighwen.com




Petite Blue 3, 2013

Oil on Canvas   22 x26 inches


My paintings express my personal and cultural histories. Having grown up on the island of Taiwan, I have a deep affinity for the elemental power of water and the forces of nature. Now living in America, I feel the ebb and flow of competing cultures. The ancient philosophies of my homeland, which teach self-discipline and selflessness, collide and mingle with Western notions of ego, alienation, and desire.


My working method is a process of subtraction from darkness to light. I carve into the paint with a stylus to bring forth the individual lines that are the central motif of my work. These lines flow across the canvas in rhythms and frequencies that create depths and swells on the painted surface. Something of the self is lost in the resulting tangle, and then regained, only to be lost again. Simplicity and harmony exist within the chaos.


Ms. Wen resides in New York City as a full time artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since early 1980's. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  She received her BFA from Washington State University, MA and MFA from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1979, she won the First Prize in Painting in the Ten Outstanding Young Talents Competition in Taiwan.  In 1980, she was awarded Outstanding Merit in the Young Artists in Asia Now competition in Hong Kong. In 1995 and 1996, her work was selected in many national and international jury shows including the ninth and tenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Large Small Work '95 International, Small Works International, First Annual National Juried Small Work Exhibition in New York, NY. These shows are highly competitive and are chosen from thousands of submissions.


Leigh won the SUNY Albany Purchase Award in 1995 the University of Wisconsin Purchase Award in the 1995 Parkside National Small Print Exhibition. She was also awarded an Artist grant by the National Taiwan Art and Humanity Foundation in support of her solo exhibitions in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.  A catalog entitled The Harbour and the Open Sea was published by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Leigh was awarded a 1997 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. In 1997 she was honored “the Artist Award of 1997” by New York State Assembly.  


In 1998, Leigh’s work was selected by juror Linda Weintraub to be included in The New York State Biennal Exhibition at The New York State Museum. Also, Juror Lela Hersh, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Chicago Contemporary Museum of Art, selected Leigh’s work for inclusion in the annual Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. Leigh received First Prize. Her painting, Untitled #6, was purchased by the Albany Institute of History & Art for the permanent collection. 


In 1999 and 2005 she was awarded Artist Grants by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Since 1999, her paintings have selected to be part of the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State and have exhibited in the U.S. Embassies in Jordan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Botswana, Barbados, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2005, the Art in Embassies Program purchased the three paintings were exhibited in Barbados Embassy, for their permanent collections. Leigh was awarded a 1997 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. And, in 2000, she was honored both New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and The Helena Rubinstein Fellowship.


Hundreds of her works were included both private and public collections.  Her paintings had been featured in many major magazines included Art in America, New American Paintings, Art in Asia, Asian Art News, Vogue, Better home and Gardens, Harper’s Bazaar, Architecture, Water Front Home and Design, San Diego Home and Garden and Interior.



 出生於台北縣鶯歌鎮,1985年紐約大學藝術碩士 ( M.A.)1994年紐約大學美術碩士 (M. F. A.),現定居美國紐約,全職藝術創作者。曾於大學任教10年,決定從事專業繪畫己近20年,1980年被選入圍亞洲十大傑出才藝青年,1983年遠渡重洋到美國留學,2002年曾旅行到西班牙的北邊"卡特濃那"藝術村做了一系列的"大地"作品。先後獲得19992005年藝術家研究獎金,傑克生帕洛克基金會(Pollock-Krasner Foundation)19972000,藝術家聯盟獎,紐約藝術基金會(NYFA). 2001參加義大利佛羅倫斯雙年展,獲得繪畫米提其 ”Lorenzo Il Magnifico”獎章。她的作品有列入美國多數美術館收藏.加上主要企業界及私人收藏近300件。


目前是美國聯邦政府的合約畫家,作品展覽於世界各國的美國大使館,曾經展出在約旦、菲律賓、新加坡、包貝多斯領事館,在2006年被美國政府指派到非洲的包茲瓦納 Botswana)作為文化大使。考查當地的藝術文化。同時也與主要代表的非洲藝術家作交流與講學。Barbados Embassy包貝多斯大使舘的三件作品被美國聯邦政府收購為永久典藏。 也是唯一列入美國國家收藏之台湾藝術家。 

除了從事全職藝術創作.她目前正在籌備數個國際展覽專案,Beacon 比根藝術進駐計劃,並為藝術商業雜誌之紐約專欄作者。






1994        M.F.A.   University at Albany, State University of New York, NY

1985        M.A.      University at Albany, State University of New York, NY

1984        B.F.A.    Washington State University, WA

1981         B.A.       National College of Art, Taipei, Taiwan



Selected Honors and Awards

2013 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Poland, Warsaw

2012 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Namibia

2012 Yu-Shang Competition, First Place and Purchase Award, Taiwan

2011 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Taiwan

2008 Botswana Cultural Exchange Program, 

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair

2006 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Hong-Kong

2006 Taiwan President Office, Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Taiwan

2006 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Botswana

2006 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Barbados

2005 Artist Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, NY.

2003 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies, Manila, the Philippines

2002 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Malaysia

2003 United States Department of State, Art in Embassies, Singapore

2002 Artist Residency, sponsored by Centre D'Art I Natura, Farrera De Pallars, Spain

2001 Fourth Place in Painting, Lorezo Il Magnifico Award. The Biennial Internationale      

        Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy.  

         The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Florence, Italy

2001 Sotheby’s -New York Foundation for the Arts Fellows’ exhibition, NY, NY


Selected Solo Shows

2014 Art Solo 14 Art Fair

2013 Mingshan Art, Taiwan

2013 Asia Art Center, Taiwan

2012 Fond Museum, Beijing, China

2012 Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan

2012 LWFA, New York, NY

2011 Mingshan Art Gallery, Taiwan

2010 Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan

2009 Glass Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Allen Sheppard, New York, NY

2008 The Beacon Institute, Beacon, NY

2007 Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Glass Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Red Door Gallery, Richmond, VA

2007 Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2006 Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan

2006 Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

2005 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2005 Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for Arts, Atlanta, GA

2003 Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2001 Elementos, Reed Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2000 The Four Elements, Conclusion of Pollock-Krasner Grant, Arnot Art Museum, NY.

2000 The Four Elements, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

UC San Diego, CA

Sun Products Corporate, Wilton, CT

SL Green Development, New York, NY

Barclays Capital, New York, NY 

Barclays Capital, Calgary, Alberta CANADA

Eileen Mason, Deputy of National Endowments of the Arts

United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program

Butler Institute of American Art

Freshens Inc. Atlanta, GA

Siena College

Albany Institute of History & Art

University at Albany, State University of New York

University of Wisconsin, Parkside, WI

Art Pool, Budapest, Hungary

Phoenix Life Insurance Company

National Taiwan College of Art

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Museum

Bullard, McLeod and Associates, and over 100 private collections


Selected Group Shows

2014   Changhua International Exchange Exhibition Taiwan

2012   Portsmouth Museum, NH

2011   The Haen Gallery

2011   LWFA Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Mingshan Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2009    Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

2008    Sculpture in the Streets

    Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, Albany, NY

2002-6 Art in Embassies Program, the Philippines, Jordan, Singapore, Barbados, China, and 

Moscow, United States Department of State, USA

2006    Taiwan president Office, Taipei, Taiwan

2006    2 X 13 Gallery, NY, NY

2006    Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

2005    Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

2005    Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2005    Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

2004    Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2004    Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

2004    John Pence Gallery/Arnot Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

2002    Scott White Contemporary Art

2002    Beyond the Landscape, University of California, San Diego, University Gallery, CA

2001    Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2001     Re-presenting Representation, Corning Incorporated Gallery, New York, NY

2000    Zone of Myth: Between Tenderness and Tension, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan

1999    Visions of Pluralism, Contemporary Art in Taiwan, National Taipei History Museum, Taiwan, R.O.C.      

1999    Two-Person Show, Art Music Dance, The Art Center Gallery, Saratoga