Lihting Li Kostrzewa was born in Taiwan in 1965 and studied at
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. After twenty-five years in
Taiwan, she moved to the United States. Her formal education includes
a MFA degree in Modern/Contemporary painting, MA degree in Computer
Graphics, BFA degree in Chinese Art and Art Education teaching
certificate. Her style of painting is lush, imaginative and cultural
with simple brushstrokes exhibiting complicated layers of colors. She
has a deep concern for humanity, social justice, and a true love for
nature. Through her sensibility she creates art to express Life’s
journey, human struggles, as well as the beauty of nature. Her color
is expressive from the influence of study in German Expressionism and
American Pop Art. Her ink-like brush strokes on her painting are deep
rooted in her Chinese culture and the years of training in Chinese
Art. She hopes to bring her Chinese Art perspective to modern
painting and marry them into a cross-cultural uniqueness.
paintings have been exhibited in 24 solos and many group exhibitions
internationally, including those at Art Expo NYC, Angel Orensanz
Foundation, NYC; Art Basel Miami, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago,
Michigan Women’s Historical Museum; Old Town Art Center Chicago;
Odessa Art Museum, Ukraine; the Historical Museum of Infantry, Rome,
Italy; UNESCO Art Gallery, Athens, Greece; Gallery Metanoia, Paris,
France and Galleria d’arte, Pescara, Italy. She has created
paintings and design for private and public settings for many
individuals, businesses and organizations.
has taught painting, design and workshops in colleges, public schools
and community art centers, including Lake Forest College, IL, Central
Michigan University, MI, Marywood University, PA, and Kendall College
of Art and Design, MI. Many of her artwork has been published
including such books as Art Platform NYC (2015) Con Corso Buenos
Aires VI Edizione, Milano, Italy, Identity, The Women's Caucus for
Art, US, Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World, The Women's Caucus
for Art, US(2014) Women’s Rights: An Artist’s Perspective, United
Women Org., Birmingham, MI, Effetto Arte: artisti a cura di vittorio
Sgarbi(Italy), I Segnalati a cura di Salvatore Russo(Italy), Studio
Visit Magazine(2013), the International Dictionary of Artists(2012),
the Art in America Annual Guide(2012), International Contemporary
artists(2010), Open Studio Magazine(2012), Worlds of Art
magazine(2011, 2012) as well as online at Chicago Art Magazine(2011).
currently serves as board of trustee for New Art Examiner, the only
successful art magazine ever to come out of Chicago, managing Lily
Kostrzewa Art Studio and teaches summer school at Kendall College of
Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
I was born in a small town of Taiwan in 1965, the youngest of five children. Both my parents moved from China to Taiwan right after WWII. My father was an accountant executive who loves creative writing. My mother was a school science teacher.
Since I was nine years old, I have dreamed about being an artist. I remember one day I saw some Cézanne paintings in one of my father’s magazines, I soon copied them with watercolor on papers. A love for art has ever since become my devotion. At the age of twelve, my parents sent me to learn traditional Chinese painting from a Chinese master and this continued for the next six years. At the age of sixteen, I began learning oil painting and did many portrait paintings for my family and friends.
After receiving my fine art degree and teaching degree from National Taiwan Normal University, I taught art in junior high school for three years also served as an art education director of the thirteen junior high schools in my school district. In 1990 I received an opportunity to come to Ohio State University to study. Eventually I went on to receive my MA degree in Computer Graphics and MFA degree in Painting from Central Michigan University. For years I have worked as a computer artist, designer and art professor in both industrial and academic settings. Currently, I am a mother of three grade school children and a full time professional artist with my own art studio.
In early 1900, few pioneer Chinese artists went to Paris to study European modern art and they brought back ground breaking changes in Chinese Art. I am hoping to bring some of my Chinese Art perspective to modern painting and marry them into a cross-cultural uniqueness.
(Growing Pain, mixed Media on paper, 52"x27", outstanding award by Curator of New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City)
(Yin and Yang, mixed media on paper, 65"x36")
(Your portfolio is an intriguing interpretation of the ...portrait in the
painting genre. I enjoy how you incorporate elements of Chinese Art into
your paintings. I especially like in the painting-Yin and Yang -
how your figure is contrasting the abstract background. I love the
color palette of the background and how your figure is monochromatic.
Your work is very strong and I look forward to seeing it progress even
Marietta Davis--Guest Curator, Artists Wanted)