Manman is a self-taught artist specializing in watercolor and acrylic. A native of China and a former educator. She started to paint during the spring of 2020, the first quarantine. Since then, her style was quickly recognized by the public. She has solo and joint exhibitions, workshopped at several libraries, displayed at Rutgers University and other organizations. Her painting has been collected by a historical museum, as well as many private collectors. She also teaches workshops at local libraries, bridges the Eastern and Western styles. Manman holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in history. She lives in Maplewood, NJ.
"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."
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.
“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