Natalie Minyu Li creates artwork that evokes a sense of childhood belonging by using oils, pastels, and colored pencils. Creatively inspired by children's stories, her playful characters and colorful dreamscapes appeal to the simplicity of our younger years and question the ways in which our emergence into “adulthood” has altered our values and our ways of finding happiness.
Natalie grew up in both a privileged, multilingual circle of a large financial city in China and a working class, conservative community in the Bible Belt south of the United States. These experiences led to her struggles of self-identity and as a result, fueled her linguistic and artistic pursuits. She discovered that children’s stories, in particular, possess the power to transcend cultural boundaries and unite humanity with the right blend of visual and literary magic. You can follow her on Instagram to keep up with her latest shows and projects!
She has been drawing and painting since childhood, but has chosen to pursue quantitative disciplines academically and professionally. Notably, she helped hedge funds reach an $18 billion debt deal in the Puerto Rico bankruptcy when she worked in finance (her clients headlined in Bloomberg article).
She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Bienvenue dans mon atelier—soyez créatif!
Resume / CV
Exhibitions / Events
Superfine! LA E-Fair - 2/21 - Virtual Exhibition
Soho Art Walks Halloween Edition - C.J. Yao Art Gallery - Live Painting/Group Exhibition - 10/20 - New York, NY
Curbside Art Crawl - Curbside Canvas Mural Project - Art Crawl - 10/20 - New York, NY
Art is the Cure - One Art Space Gallery - Group Exhibition - 10/20 - New York, NY
Curbside Canvas Mural Project - That Bar - 12/20 - Brooklyn, NY
Curbside Canvas Mural Project - Homemade by Miriam - 10/20 - New York, NY
Press / Features
Artist Feature and Interview, All of It Volume II: Being
"Local artists are transforming NYC outdoor dining set-ups," TimeOut NY (Featured mural)
“Artists Transform Outdoor Dining Areas into Works of Art," Eyewitness News ABC7NY, October 6, 2020
"Artists and Eateries Make Good Match in Tribeca's Curbside Canvas Project," The Tribeca Trib
"Seen & Heard: More art at the curb," Tribeca Citizen
"Neighborhood curbside canvas project," FREE THE MUSEUM