“I want to be an artist.” Those were Ping Lian’s words since the young age of eight years old. Ping Lian has strived, turning his obsession with drawing into the skill of an artist. Ping Lian is autistic with very limited communication skills. In lieu of an artist statement, please enjoy these words which were written about the artist by art critic John McDonald:
"At first acquaintance with Ping Lian’s work one is struck by its tremendous sense of detail and the wondrous, wristy line he employs. That line, so fluid and confident is Ping Lian’s trademark – his unique signature style. The lines of communication may be clumsy at the beginning, but with practice it becomes a matter of pure instinct. Ping Lian has arrived at that point where drawing has become a second language through which he conveys his thoughts and feelings. His cheerfulness and openness of heart are apparent at a glance, especially in his drawings of animals."