Manman is a self-taught artist. She has had solo and joint exhibitions, conducted workshops at several NJ libraries, displayed at Newark Museum of Art, Rutgers University and other organizations, i.e.,solo art exhibition at Maplewood Library 2021, group exhibition at Paper Mill Playhouse Gallery 2023, the NJ Arts Annual 2023, Newark Arts Festival 2023 at Newark Museum of Art. Her paintings have been collected by Durand Hedden House& Garden and Maplewood Library permanently. Her signature rabbit ink artwork was the logo for Lunar Fest NJ 2023, which appeared in advertisements, headline artwork and merchandise. Her artwork postcards are sold at Words bookstore. She teaches ink painting workshops and kids story time regularly and at local libraries, bridging the Eastern and Western style to the community. Manman holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in history.
"I have always loved painting but didn’t start my (relatively) serious efforts until 2020, years after receiving my college training in 19th century Chinese-American trade, which was a bit of a pivot. I found out that, for me, there is no better way to express feelings other than by painting them. Especially during the quarantine, I discovered paints and brushes can express the reactions to the developing world and people around us."
"The other half of me is a Mandarin teacher as I have been dedicated to teaching children language, art, and culture. Perhaps my diverse background as an educator, artist, and historian have combined to impact my style."
Cross Cultural Perspectives, The Newark Arts Festival 2023 Exhibition. Newark Museum of Art. September -October 2023
Legacies: Contemporary Newark Artists and Their Stories, Rutgers University. Newark, NJ. September 2023
Streets, Paper Mill Playhouse Gallery, Millburn NJ. March -June 2023
Judge, 2023 Millburn Lunar New Year Drawing Contest. Millburn, NJ. March 2023
New Jersey Arts Annual 2023, "Mother Nature vs Human Nature: The Inequity of Climate Resilience", The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Atlantic City, NJ. February 1 - June 24, 2023
Designed the rabbit logo for the Lunar Fest NJ 2023. which appeared in advertisements, headline artwork and merchandise.
“Sunday in the Park with Asher”, Exhibitions and Plein air demo, The Durand-Hedden House. Maplewood, NJ. October 2022
Legacies: Contemporary Newark Artists and Their Stories, Rutgers University. Newark, NJ. September 2022 to April 2023
Ink Painting Workshop. Maplewood Memorial Library. Maplewood, NJ. May 2022
Revival, Post-Pandemic Visions, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood NJ. April 2022
Solo art exhibition, Maplewood Library, Maplewood, NJ. June- September 2021
Ink Painting Workshop. Livingston Library, Livingston, NJ. August 2021
Unprecedented: Art Responds to 2020, View Arts, Old Forge, NY. June- August 2021