BILAN LIAO (廖碧籣畫舘) Artist / Author/ Educator / Speaker    
Painting as a Window into Chinese History     Coming into Tibet      Women suffering in the War    Sculptures        E-mail:   
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BiLan was born and raised in China. She and her family experienced much discrimination and many hardships under the dictator Mao Zedong. During this dark period, all the schools were closed, and books were destroyed,
and she had to study in secret. She was blessed with a variety of artistic talents: painting, photography, fashion design, journalism, and teaching. While still in China, in 1999 she was granted U.S. permanent residency as an
“Alien of Extraordinary Abilities.” At age forty-five, she realized her dream when she came to America.

Although she did not speak English when she arrived, within nine years she earned two master’s degrees in art (MA and MFA), studied art in Italy, and became an art college professor in Kentucky, where she built the BiLan
Liao Gallery. She painted and sculpt of four series of art work:
Painting as a Window into Chinese History, Coming into Tibet, Women suffering in the  War, and she is painting a new series My Life In American.  She has been
featured in these news programs: Morning Blend (ABC), WSIU (PBS), National Public Radio, Paducah Channel 6 and 2, Atlanta Chinese News, Women of Wealth magazine, PaducahSun newspaper, Paducah Life magazine,
Georgia Magazine etc. She has shown many of her paintings in the book in museums and galleries, and she has lectured nationally and internationally. She is now retired so she can concentrate on her artwork, public speaking
tours, museum events, a documentary, and a feature film.  

My Life In American
- A series of nine art work

Video: Painting process:
The Immigrant’s Dream is part of my
new series My life in America.
48” x 36”, oil on canvas

The painting is about my life when I
first came to America when I was 45
years old and not speaking English.
Like many immigrants, I studied very
hard to learn English, attended
college, and worked three jobs,
washing dishes, sewing and teaching
children to paint. I was happy because
I finally had my freedom to paint and
speak the truth.
I will always appreciate my English
professor, Gus, who encouraged me
to learn English and not giving up my
American Dream.

Video: Painting as a Window  into
Chinese History - A series of
forty-three art work

She painted the story of five generations of
her family and the tragedies and triumphs of

between her personal story, Chinese history,
and fine art in Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter,
as she describes her life during the worst
holocaust in recorded human history. Despite
the horrors she endured, including the
deaths of her father, mother, and sister, she
has a message of hope to share with people:
even during difficult times, never give up
your dreams.

The Window,
40" x 30",
oil on canvas

My Journey,
72" xx 84",
oil on canvas

Coming into Tibet
- A series of eighteen painting

The Coming into Tibet series of paintings are part of
BiLan’s book
Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter. She
traveled to Tibet on three separate occasions finding
the inspiration for her art.

You will enjoy the beauty of the Tibetan people and
landscapes from BiLan’s art work, learn about Tibet’s
culture, and her  journey to never give up on your

Women Suffering in the War
- A series of seven painting

This suite of three paintings represents a narrative,
the theme derived from an ancient Chinese story
relating to the Chi Bi Zhang War. Xiangyu had always
won in war, finally however, he made a mistake, and he
lost. As a result, he killed himself with his sword.  His
wife followed him in suicidal death.

The painting on right  is a true love story set in the
present, about a woman's longing for the return of her
fiancé.  She misses and worries about her fiancé very
much, because he is a soldier in Iraq.  She is waiting
for her fiancé to come back from the Middle East, and
anticipates their wedding. She writes month after
month, now becoming year after year . . . .  The
painting is showing the woman's sense of
Suffering in the War.

Video:The  United is part of my new series
My life in
America. 48” x 36”, oil on canvas

Video: The Sweet Drea and Nighmare is
part of my new series My life in America.
48” x 36”, oil on canvas

BiLan Liao
Chinese American
for Joe Biden

BiLan paints her personal
story to tell the history of both
her life in China under a
dictator, and in America
spanning four presidents
including Clinton, Bush,
Obama and Trump. She
experienced how
authoritarian leaders can take
away for your freedom. She
paints to warn people to learn
from history, to stand up for
our American constitution and
democracy.  And to always
remember, “Never Give Up
Your Dream.

Painting art statement in Chinese
Diary of the Dragon's Daughter
Home page
Video :We the People. Vote for Joe Biden!
Painting: America Divided
48" h x 36" w, 2020
Video: Coming into Tibet
Video: BiLan Liao Presenataion: Coming into Tibet