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Australia | B.1982

Lu Gao is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for painting, screen printing and etching. Her current body of works revolves around children’s portraiture that exudes childhood innocence and genuineness through their telling expressions. Her peculiar insight into facial features and appearances comes from her experience as a special effects makeup artist. And her interest towards painting children stems from her belief that children’s emotions can be easily recognised by their expressions as they have not yet learned to conceal them.

Born in Beijing, China, Gao was exposed to oil painting and traditional Chinese painting from a very young age. Raised in a family with high academic expectations, Gao spent years pursuing a career as an accountant, immigration lawyer and special effects makeup artist until she ultimately returned to the art world because art was the only way she could be her most authentic self.