When Huihan Liu was a little kid, his father taught him to write Chinese calligraphy with a brush and ink on rice paper, thus encouraging his interest in art.
Liu was trained in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China, then received bachelor’s (1972) and master’s (1989) degrees from the Academy of Art College of San Francisco. Today, with more than forty years of experience as an illustrator and teacher, he is a master signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a master signature member of American Impressionist Society, and a signature member of the California Art Club.
Liu has received numerous awards, such as Best of Show Award in the Oil Painters of America Regional Exhibition in 1996; Gold Medal for Best Painting in California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2003; Best of Show in Painting—John Scott People’s Choice Award in Western Rendezvous of Art in 2003; Gold Medal for the Master Signature Division at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show; andfirst-place winner in the Bowers Museum Contemporary Plein Air Permanent Collection in 2003.
He received the Prix de West Frederic Remington Painting Award in 2022 and the Robert Lougheed Award at Prix de West in 2023.
Liu has been featured in such publications as Art of the West, The Artist, Southwest, and International Artists.