the artist

the artist2018-12-16T06:27:16+00:00

Language of Lines

me dancing I attempt to capture and reveal the inner beauty of rhythm and movement that is observed from my surrounding. It can be the lines on the tree trunk or details on a rock or aerial view of the earth.

The materials that i incorporate into my paintings are the hidden issues in my work. They consist of seeds, junk mail and wrappers or plastic bags, curated for their color and purpose. These are normally things we overlook in our lives but have inherent beauty once taken out of context.
I like to build up my paintings in layers because I believe the background is equally important. The paintings are abstract thoughts emerging through the layers. I leave it up to the viewer to feel the rest.


Sophia Lee was born in Taipei and immigrated to Southern California at age 9. Growing up, she moves between both places keeping up languages and cultures. She first studied fashion design then painting at art center in pasadena. The following years, she’s lived and worked in New York City, LA, taipei, Portland, and now San Francisco. Her dream is to travel the world and make art. After a decade away from making art, she returned to painting in her travels. Her first solo exhibit was held in taipei in 2007. She also participated in group shows in LA, Portland and SF. She works in acrylics and encaustics and anything else that she collects from her walks through the city. She’s currently an artist at the journal building residency program.


tel: +1-415-322-3234
email: [email protected]


artist cv:

Art Center College of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts
F.I.D.M, AA in Fashion Design

Solo/ Duo Exhibitions 

  • 2016 Farley’s Coffee, duo artists exhibit
  • 2016 Table Asia gallery, now Avenue 12 gallery, duo artists exhibit
  • 2011 Peripheral, Pearl Framing & Art gallery, Portland, Oregon 
  • 2010 Featured Artist, SOPA gallery, South Pasadena, CA 
  • 2007 L’arabesque, SSSoY, Taipei, Taiwan

Group Exhibitions


  • Beauty in the Periphery, Reclaimed Room gallery, SF, CA


  • Landscape: real or imagines, SITE: Brooklyn, NY
  • Sea Change, S.C.R.A.P gallery, Cathedral City, CA
  • Vibrant Colors, SFWA, SF, CA
  • Art In Neighborhoods, Keystone Restaurant, SF, CA
  • Hospitality House annual auction, Minnesota Project, SF, ca
  • Where I stop Where You Begin, JB artists group show at Avenue, SF, CA
  • Earth Action Initiatives, UCBerkeley, CA
  • Collectors Choice 2018, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
  • Message in a Bottle, Surfrider Foundation, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA


  • Art-in-Neighborhoods show, the Marker hotel, Mosser hotel & Hotel Adagio, SF, CA 
  • Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit, Mosser hotel, SF, CA 
  • Message in a bottle, Surfrider Foundation exhibit
  • ArtSpan Open Studio group show, Hotel Triton


  • Road Trip, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA 
  • Juried into the San Fancisco Artist Guild, weekend exhibits in the park
  • ArtSpan Residency program group show, Hotel Triton, San Francisco, CA 


  • Newport Beach Regional Art Exhibit, Newport Beach, CA 
  • Women in Art, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 


  • 26th Annual Juried Mail-in Art Show, Margaret Harwell Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO 
  • 6x6x2011, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY 


  • South Pasadena Art Walk, SOPA Gallery, South Pasadena, CA 


  • SOPA Gallery Artist Winter Show, South Pasadena, CA 
  • Artists Beat the Flood, live painting/ auction to benefit typhoon victims. LILI Cafe Gallery, Taipei Taiwan 


  • Wild Wild East, Red Room, Taipei, Taiwan 
  • Winter Group Show, SOPA Gallery, South Pasadena, CA 


  • SFGH, Heart of SF, mini heart sculpture
  • 2018 Utility box mural, @ corner of San Ramon Valley Blvd & Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA
  • 2017 Utility box mural, @ the corner of Veterans Blvd & Middlefield, Redwood City, CA
  • 2015 private collection, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 mural in private home, Newport Coast, CA
  • 2013 Royal Sonesta Hotel, Houston, Texas 
  • 2012 Soho Myriad, artist roster, Atlanta, GA 
  • 2008 commission for Alley Cat restaurant group, Taiwan

Residency/ competition 

  • Artspan Journal Building artist residency program (from 07.2016 until 12.2018)
  • 2012 Raghurajpur International Art/ Craft Exchange, India 
  • 2011 Coloring Outside the Lines ( finalist), Art Scene Today, online
  • 2011 Hundred Valley Exhibit (finalist), Roseburg, OR 

Print/ web

  • 2018 Diablo magazine.
  • 2018 feature on SFMOMA Instagram Submissions Friday, story
  • 2016 MFA Never, Root Division Gallery printed catalogue
  • 2015 art on cover of book, Dancer, Picador USA press
  • 2008 Alley Cat year book, featured artist, annual publication 

Before 2008, worked full time as book cover designer and illustrator at St Martin’s Press, New York, NY

Portfolio available upon request, please contact me for more information.