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Interconnected Artist Spotlight: Yun-Yun Lee

Artist Statement
Yun-Yun Lee uses mixed media, such as oil paint, acrylic, gauche, lino print, and pencil drawings, to celebrate the beauty she sees in, and the gratitude she has for, growing up in both Chinese and North-American cultures. She enjoys exploring in different styles of expression, from pencil portraits to illustrative landscapes; from still life paintings to abstract lino cut prints; Yun-Yun Lee inspires to combine symbols, colors, forms, and lines as a gesture to bring her eastern and western experiences together. She sees art as a means to not only document journeys and experiences, but also to share with others the peace, joy, and love we are given the ability to recognize and embrace.


Yun-Yun Lee is a Taiwanese Canadian actress/artist born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1990. She immigrated to Canada when she was fifteen years old, and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with her BFA degree in 2012, with a concentration in drawing and print making.
She grew up seeing her mother, Li-Chin Lin, finding freedom and beauty in making Chinese ink paintings; and witnessing her father, Li-Chun Lee, an actor in Taiwan and China, living his most complex and authentic self on and off screen. Lee’s parents have inspired her to pursue the arts both in drawing and painting, as well as in acting.
Lee won the Robert Bateman Get To Know national contest in 2008, and got an entrance scholarship for university. She was selected as an exchange student for the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, D.C., in 2010.
In 2012, Lee and her mother collaborated with the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce In BC for their 20th Annual Gala Dinner fundraiser, in which Lee exhibited a series of oil paintings and her mom a series of Chinese ink paintings.
Her oil painting techniques were taught to her by artists Pang Jiun and his student Sophia Lin for a few years, who both specialize in the impressionistic style.
After winning first place in Hidden Energy, a Chinese film talent show in China in 2015, Lee started her career as an actress and an artist, finding ways to express her gratitude for a colorful multicultural journey.
She was baptized as a Christian in 2017, which marked a chapter of new perspectives and spiritual growth, from which she finds not only nourishment, wisdom, guidance, peace, love, and hope, but also artistic, creative inspirations.

Yun-Yun Lee is currently a working actress/artist based in Burnaby, B.C..