Calvin Lai
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About Calvin Lai
Calvin Lai's art is a mixture of medicine, meditation, and personal growth. He found early on that drawing was something he loved, and to make a picture appear lifelike became his goal. Through constantly drawing, Calvin’s work began to breath, and his fascination with value and perspective led him to become a student of realism. Eventually, he moved from where he grew up in Los Angeles to San Francisco. There he studied drawing and printmaking at San Francisco State University. In 2008, he enrolled in the Academy of Art for illustration, but began painting instead. He found that he preferred the fine arts over commercial illustration, and now works as a full time oil painter.

Since then he has continued to develop and refine his oil painting skills. Lai’s work has been shown nationally in galleries, group exhibitions and juried shows. He has executed a large number of commissioned portraits over the past several years, and his paintings have appeared in national and international publications. Throughout his career, Calvin Lai has expanded his focus from figurative and portraiture to encompass a variety of subjects
such as still lifes to the San Francisco cityscape. Now he has no borders to what he chooses to paint, and he is driven to capture everything around him through his paints, brushes, and determination.
Education
2008 – 12 MA, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
1991 – 97 BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Events
Publications
2019
Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition, Artists Magazine

2016
Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition, Southwest Art
Vogue's Gallery, British Vogue March Edition

2013
Back cover, Harmonica Happenings
Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition, Southwest Art

Awards
2018
Honorabel Mention. Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine
Honorable Mention - Painting Category. Cityscapes Art Exhibition. Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery

2017
First Place/ The Bold Brush Award. Bold Brush Painting Competition December 2017. FASO Fine Art Studio Online
Finalist. Bold Brush Painting Competition October 2017. FASO Fine Art Studio Online
Fellowship. Clark Hulings Fund Busniess Accelerator Program. Clark Hulings Fund

2016
Finalist. 12th International ARC Salon. Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ
Merit Award. Best of America. National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society, Bella Vista, AR
Finalist. Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine, Ash, OH

2015
Finalist. Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine, Ash, OH
3rd place Painting Category. Figurative 2015 Art Exhibition. Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery
6th place Overall Category. Figurative 2015 Art Exhibition. Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery
Finalist. Bold Brush Painting Competition. FASO Fine Art Studio Online

2012
Finalist. Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine, Ash, OH
Exhibitions
Gallery Representation
Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Divergent Tendencies, 625 Sutter Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014
Art Murmur, Awaken Cafe, Oakland, CA

2012
The Pour House, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

2018
Small Works Holiday Show, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cityscapes 2018, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
People and Places, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Spring Showcase, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Urban Landscapes, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017
Cats Vs. Dogs, The Vendue, Charleston SC
Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA
Urbana Contra Naturaleza, Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA
In Dreams, Spoke NYC, New York, NY
Lover's Eye, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
The Best of America, National Oil & Painters' Acrylic Society, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA
Fall Gallery Night, Art Room, exhibited at Brik, Fort Worth, TX
Anniversary Show, Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA
Portraits of Friends, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2015
Wes Anderson Art Show, Spoke Art, exhibited at Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY
Never, Never, Ever Land, Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA
Portraits of Strangers, Someones, and Nobodies, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013
Wanderlust, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Chillin' Productions Annual Holiday Show, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Seven Deadly Sins, Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA
SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO
ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

2012
Notorious, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Matters Encore! San Marino League, San Marino, CA

2011
Character, Million Fishes Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Academy of Art Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2010
Faces and Figures, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
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