A painter known for her detailed and precise still life work, Carle Shi graduated from the Tianjin Design of Art School in China (1982) and from the Tianjin Academy of Art in China (1988). After immigrating to the United States in 1989, she settled in California. About 1992, she began her professional career as a painter, focusing on still life portraits in which she portrayed fruit and used a technique inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch still life and by a classical approach to composition.
Shi moved to New York in 1998, and completed her masters degree at the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art (2000). In New York, she added portraits and figural subjects to her repertoire, working in a style that combines classical and contemporary approaches. Her hyper-realistic, extraordinary double portrait “Anthony Haden-Guest” exhibited in a group show at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, in 2006, and is now available at WALL.
In her most recent exhibition at WALL, Carle Shi shares archival works from a time she studied after master artists before her, by illuminating colorful renditions with oil on canvas. Melding her classically trained realism technique, with her signature bubbled pop art, Shi turns master works by Da Vinci, Manet, and Vermeer into bright visual experiences.