Jia Lu is one of America’s best-known figurative painters from China. She was born in Beijing to a family of artists, the daughter of Lu Enyi, famous for his paintings of historical and military subjects. Jia Lu entered the China Central Academy of Art and Design in 1980 as a student of the master ink painter Fan Zeng and moved to Canada in 1983 to continue her studies at the Toronto School of Art and York University.
Having spent nearly 30 years working in the West, Jia Lu has chosen an individual style that reflects her reading of Buddhist and Christian traditions. Her goal is to assimilate tradition into a contemporary sensibility and uncover sympathetic currents running through distinct cultures.
Her work resonates with Eastern philosophical and Western religious concepts, blended with her own deep sense of humanism and personal imagery. This highly individual and personal approach to painting complements her focus on women’s spiritual identity & self-realization.