Amy Cheng

New Paltz, NY

Amy Cheng has a dual career as a studio painter and a designer of public art. She is known for her sumptuous, intricate, ornamented and richly referential paintings. Her work fuses pictorial language from three different visual languages and traditions - Eastern, Middle Eastern and Western. Her public art commissions are recognized for being joyful, colorful, lively and elegant. Some of her work is abstract but referential, and some include images in the form of line drawings, silhouettes, and photographic renderings.

She was born in Taiwan, and grew up in Brazil, Oklahoma, and Texas. She has a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York. She lives in New York’s Mid Hudson Valley and is a Professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I have been painting with oil paints for decades. For my public art projects I like the intricacy and texture of mosaics, the luminescence of glass, and the clean flatness of tiles."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Delight is a quality I would like to feel more of in life; surprise or delight are reactions I would like my work to provoke."
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