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Shani Shih, artist & art educator

My name is Shani Shih and I am based in Washington D.C. My primary mediums are multimedia painting and illustration, and I draw influence from street art, graffiti, and hip-hop in my work. Art, culture, and expression have been such a force of transformation in my own life, and the power it has to heal, transform, and uplift people amid the violent systems we live in continues to inspire and drive me. I hope to support communities in need through art and community art work for as long as I can.

About my personal work: Focusing on linework intertwined with human figures and industrial structures, my work is an excavation of the mind and human social and visceral experience. In my work I attempt to render chaos, anxiety, confusion, and suffering, mixed in with eternal love and hope - a visual meditation on how it can feel to pursue life in this infinitely complicated and divided world, in whatever unique circumstances that surround you. I hope to connect with the darkness and lightness in others with my art; to provoke introspection and understanding; to inspire pursuit of healing and discourage complacency in the manmade systems that poison us and cause us pain.  I hope that when viewers come across my art, they can, through the abstractions that they see, find a fleeting moment of acknowledgement of shared experience, and strength to strive forward, to be radical in the purest, most genuinely human sort of way.


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Select Engagements & Workshops

2018  1882 Foundation  Talk Story: Southern Fried Asian, AAPI Storytelling & Arts, Panelist and Speaker - Washington, D.C. 

NAKASEC Youth Program, Guest speaker and workshop facilitator - Annandale, V.A..

2017 Asian American LEAD Youth Summit, Facilitator - Washington D.C. 

2017 Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Washington Leadership Program: Advocacy in the Arts, Panelist & Speaker - Washington D.C. 

2016 Asian American LEAD / NAKASEC Summer Youth Program, Street Art Workshop Facilitator - Washington D.C.