About this artist

As far back as Huihan Liu remembers, he has loved to draw and sketch. As a child, Liu’s father taught him to write Chinese calligraphy with a brush and link 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 illustrator and teacher, he is also a master signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a master signature member of American Impressionist Society and a signature member of the California Art Club.

Liu has received numerous awards such as Best of Show Award in the Oil Painters of America Regional Exhibition in 1996. “Gold Medal for Best painting” in California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2003. “Best of Show in Painting-John Scott people’s Choice Award” in Western Rendezvous of Art in 2003. Gold Medal for the Master Signature Division at the Oil painters of America Western Regional Show. First Place winner in Bowers Museum Contemporary Plein Air Permanent Collection in 2003. First Place Winner in Ninth Annual Mission San Juan Capistrano Plein Air Painting Event- Wilmington Trust Purchase Collection. Brinton Museum Purchase Awards Permanent Collection. 13th ARC Salon Finalists. 29th OPA National Juried Exhibition for the Shirl Smithson Foundation’ Award in 2020. Prix de West Frederic Remington Painting Award in 2022 and Recipient of the Robert Lougheed Award at Prix de West, 2023.

Liu has also been featured in such publications as Art of the West, The Artist, Southwest, International Artists magazine.