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b. 1969 Hong Kong
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Master of Fine Arts/Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute, New York

Master of Fine Arts/Painting, University of California, Berkeley, California

Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    The Sea Will Come To Kiss Me, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California

2016    Divertical, GAVLAK Los Angeles, California 

           Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

2015    Bovey Lee, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

2014    Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

2013    Water Has A Memory, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

           Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California 

2012    Undercurrents, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

           Bloom, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

           Bloom,  International Finance Center, Shanghai, China (presented by Hugo Boss)

2011    Paper Streets, 709 Penn Gallery, Paper Streets, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009    Where the Waves Break, Grotto Fine Art, Where the Waves Break, Hong Kong (catalogue) 

2007    On Gossamer's Edge, Grotto Fine Art, On Gossamer’s Edge, Hong Kong (catalogue)

           Bing Lee and Bovey Lee at Mid Career, Asian American Arts Center, New York, New York 


Selected Group Exhibitions/art fairs

 2017      Cut Up/Cut Out, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

              Flaming June VII: Flaming Creatures, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

              Not I, We,  Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles, California, USA

2016       Art Basel, with Grotto Fine Art, Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong

2015      Ten Year Anniversary, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA and Palm Beach, FL

             Summer Group Show, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

             Paper Cut, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

             Papermania!,  Museum Kunst der Westkueste, Foehr, Germany

             Art Basel, with Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

             Art Stage, with Frost Gallery, Signapore

             Wearing Identity,  Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

             Art Taipei,  Grotto Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2014      Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

             Art Basel, with Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

             Pulse, Rena Bransten Gallery, Miami, FL

             Reigning Cats and Dogs, Rena Bransten Projects, San Francisco, CA

             Fine Art Asia, Grotto Fine Art, Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong

             A Square Meter of Sensation, PMQ, curated by Mingpao Weekly, sponsored by Herme, Hong Kong

             From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Paper as Art, Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture,    

            Delray Beach, FL

             Paper Work, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado

             Fold, Paper, Scissors, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ

             The Armory Show, with Gavlak, Pier 94, New York, NY

             Obsessive Reductive, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

             Cat Art Show Los Angeles,101/Exhibit Los Angeles, CA

2013     Art Basel, with Gavlak, Miami, FL

            Follies of a Species, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China

            Fine Art Asia, with Grotto Fine Art, Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong

            Christian Dior, Pier 4, Lady Dior As Seen By, Central, Hong Kong (catalogue)

            Stories of a Changing China, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

            Volta 9, with Rena Bransten Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

            All F**king Summer, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

            Art Basel Hong Kong, with Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

            Hong Kong Eye, Parallel Contemporary Art, Mandarin Oriental Clipper Lounge, Hong Kong (catalogue)

            The Armory Show, with Gavlak, Pier 94, New York, NY

            Scope, with Grotto Fine Art, New York, NY

            Paper Unbound: Horiuchi and Beyond, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

2012    The Miami Project, with Rena Bransten Gallery, Miami FL

            Fine Art Asia, with Grotto Fine Art, Exhibition and Convention center, Hong Kong

            Perception Shift, Stockton College Art Gallery, Stockton, NJ

            40th Anniversary Curator’s Choice Show, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            ART HK, with Grotto Fine Art, Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong

            Scope, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, New York, NY

            Paper Unbound: Horiuchi and Beyond, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA 

2011    Pulse, International Art Fair, Rena Bransten Gallery, Miami, Florida

           Art Asia, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, Miami, Florida

           Kirie of the World, Fujikawa Kirie Art Museum, Kirie of the World, Fujikawa, Japan

           Paperwork in 3D,  Shelburne Museum, Paperwork in 3D, Shelburne, Vermont

           ART HK, International Art Fair, Exhibition and Convention Center, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

           Pure Paper, Rena Bransten Gallery, Pure Paper, San Francisco, California

2010   Art Asia, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, Miami, Florida

           Holland Paper Biennial, Museum Rijswijk, The Netherlands (catalogue)

           Shifting Definitions, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China

           Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial ,Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

           Touch Me Please, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

           ART HK, with Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

           The Linear Dimension, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (catalogue)

           Rock, Paper, Scissors, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA

           Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

           Pulp Friction, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA            

2009    Silhouettes Pure Contour, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland

           Art Asia, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, Miami, Florida       

           Urban Spirituality, Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London, UK (catalogue)

            Art Asia, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, Basel, Switzerland

           Strange World, Blackburn Museum, Blackburn, UK

           Liners’ Paradox, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

           Hong Kong International Art Fair, Exhibition and Convention Center, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong 

2008    Art Asia, International Art Fair, Grotto Fine Art, Miami, Florida

            Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, United Kingdom

            In the Making: 250 Years/250 Artists, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalogue)

            Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalogue)

2007    Talkover/Handover, 1a Space, collaboration with Jeff Leung, Hong Kong (catalogue)


Selected Book inclusions/ catalogues

2015    Landman, Seth. Confidence. Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Arts Press (cover art)
            Minguet, Eva. Paper Art Now. Barcelona, Spain: Monsa

2014    Paper Works 2. Hong Kong/Beijing/Guangdong, China: Sandu

            The New Collectors Book. New York, NY: Basak Mallone      

2013    Art Basel | Miami

            Lady Dior As Seen By. Paris: Christian Dior

            Art Basel | Hong Kong. Germany: Hatje Cantz

            McHugh, Gene. 500 Paper Objects. Asheville, NC: Lark Books

            Gimenez, Marc. Art of Paper. Barcelona: Monsa

            Nie, Youjia. Illustrators In & Out 2, Beijing: CYPI

            Birch, Helen. Freehand. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books

            Chang, Tsong-Zung. Ciclitira, Serenella. Hong Kong Eye. Milan: Skira

2012    Paper Art Paradise, Designerbooks, Beijing: China

            Lewis, Perri. Material World, London, United Kingdom: Virgin Books/Random House

            Hands On, Berlin, Germany: Gestalten

            Wang, Shaoqiang. Paper Works, Hong Kong/Beijing/Guangdong, China: Sandu

            Bovey Lee: Bloom, Hong Kong: Grotto Fine Art            

2011    Zollars, Jaime. PUSH Paper, Ashville, N. Carolina, USA: Lark Books/Sterling

            Papercraft 2, Berlin, Germany: Gestalten

            Waite Brown, Claire. The New Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques, London,
            United Kingdom: Quarto

2010    Trebbi, Jean-Charles. L’art de la découpe, Paris, France: Editions Alternatives

            Illusive 3, Berlin, Germany: Gestalten

            Papercraft, Berlin, Germany: Gestalten

            Ploeg, Frank van der. Holland Paper Biennial, Rijswijk, The Netherlands: Museum Rijswijk

            The Linear Dimension, Hong Kong: Grotto Fine Art

            Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art

2009    Urban Spirituality, London, United Kingdom: Rossi & Rossi and Hong Kong: Grotto Fine Art

            Bovey Lee – Where the Waves Break, Hong Kong: Grotto Fine Art

2008    In the Making: 250 Years/250 Artists, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Fe Gallery, 2008

            Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

            Talkover/Handover, Hong Kong: 1a Space

2007    On Gossamer’s Edge: Paper Cutout Drawings by Bovey Lee, Hong Kong: Grotto Fine Art


Selected Press

2018    Marsalese, Charlotte. "In the Studio With Bovery Lee: Modernizing the Ancient Chinese Art of Cut

            Paper,", April 25.

2017    Pagel, David. “No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June VII',” 

            Los Angeles Times, June 27.

2016    Susan Michaels, “The Best Art to See in L.A this January,” Huffington Post, January 

           “Divertical by Bovey Lee: Finding Balance in Ornate Hand-cut Paper Works,”, January

           Christopher Jobson, “Cut Rice Paper Sculpture of Twisting Rollercoasters by Bovey Lee,”,

            January 3

           Christopher Kilmovski, “Divertical is an Art Project that Focuses on Intricate Hand-Cut Pieces of        

           Paper,”, January 3

2015    Christina Nafziger, “Bovey Lee Constructs Whimsical Urban Landscapes by Intricately Cutting a      

            Single Sheet of Paper,” Beautiful Decay, Aug 5
            Jason Jose, “Paper Cut Art by Bovey Lee,” Faith Is Torment, Jul 30
           “Bovey Lee – Cut Paper Artist,” Chinese Cultural Studies Center, Hong Kong, May 
            Michele Chan, “What Is... Chinese Paper-cut Art?” Art Radar, May 22
           “Paper Art IV,” Architectural Digest, China, no. 66, Feb
           “Cut, Slice, and Dice–The Best Selection of Paper Artworks,” Art Quarter vol.8, DPI, Taiwan, Feb  

2014    “Drawing with a Knife,” OBJEKT, China, No. 3, Nov/Dec

            Wing Ng, “Cut Paper: From Craft to Art,” Modern Weekly, A29, China, Oct 18 

            Samantha Lam, “A Square Meter of Sensation,” Mingpao Weekly, Hong Kong, Issue 2391, cover, Sep 6

            Jake Wallis Simons, “Astonishing Sculptures Made from Nothing But Plain Paper,” CNN, Aug 29

            Ahn Sangho, ed., “A House Made of Paper,” Noblian, Issue 169, Seoul, Korea, August

           Christopher Jobson, “Extraordinary Scenes Hand Cut from Rice Paper by Bovey Lee,” Colossal, July 

          “Paper Trail,” Home & Decor, Indonesia, May issue

           Huanhuan Guo, “The Artist Who Cuts Paper without Scissors,” Radio Netherlands Worldwide, The

            Netherlands, May 9

           Barbara Guarducci, “Hidden Charm of White Cut Paper,”, February 20 
           Sreekanth N., Artist of the Week,”, January 22

2013    Sabina Dana Plasse, “Looking At China: Multi-Faceted Exhibition Provides Fascinating Insight,” The
            Ketchum Keystone, October 30

            Amandas Ong, “Bovey Lee,” Elephant Magazine, United Kingdom, Issue 16, Fall

            Jan Sjostrom, “Lee, Estlund Shows At Gavlak United in Concern for Natural World,” Palm Beach
            Daily News, April 30

            Joyce Lau, “Hong Kong Welcomes the Art World,” The New York Times, May 22

            Jessica Ransom, “Bovey Lee Connecting History and Technology on Paper,” The Culture Trip, May 22

            Elizabeth Doyle, “Creative Commons//Bovey Lee,” Delta Sky Magazine, May

            “Bovey Lee’s Environmental Cut Paper,” MR Magazine, Hong Kong, April

            Kris Wagner, “Paper That’s Pretty and Political,” San Francisco Examiner, February 7

            “Bovey Lee,” Meticulous Art II, DPI, Taiwan, February

            “Bovey Lee,” ImageBlog, curated by Kimberly Brooks, Huffington Post, on-going

2012    Kris Wagner, “Papercuts – Bovey Lee,” Reno News & Reviews, Nov 22

            Belle Zhao, “The Cutter: 14 Questions for Paper Artist Bovey Lee,” Blouin Artinfo, Aug 17

            Obed Napitupulu, "Bovey Lee," Expression Magazine, American Express, Indonesia, July

            Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman “Bovey Lee Interview,” World of Threads, Interview 67, June

            Merle Jantz, “Power, sacrifice, and survival,” mtl Magazine, Pittsburgh, June

            Elaine Chen, “Paper bloom,” LP Magazine, Shanghai, China, May/June

            William Loeffler, “Artists find Pittsburgh area a good fit,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 26

            Panxu, “Bovey Lee cuts out bloom,” Taikungpao, Hong Kong, 6, May 10

            Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, featured artist, American for the Arts promotional video

            “Paper cut works by Bovey Lee,” Juxtapoz, April 17

            Christopher Jobson, “Cut paper illustrations by Bovey Lee,” Colossal, March 29

            Alice Taylor, “Breathtaking Paper Cuts,” The English Group, March 29

            Eleven, “Interview with Bovey Lee,” Modern Weekly, D02, Shanghai, China, February 20

            Kaushik, “Intricate Paper Cut Drawings by Bovey Lee,” Amusing Planet, February 2

            “First China solo exhibition for cut paper artist Bovey Lee,” Art Radar Asia, February 1

2011    Simone C. Porter, “Bovey Lee: Paper cut precision,” CBS Pittsburgh, November 28

            Queenie Zhao, “Bovey Lee’s powerful cut paper” Rouge Magazine, Beijing, China, December

            “A conversation with Bovey Lee,”, October 17

            “Bovey Lee: New work/interview,”, September 8

            Travis Korte, “Bovey Lee’s elegaic crisis cutouts mirror Japan’s tsunami and nuclear scare,”
            Huffington Post, April 7

            Jacqueline Ruyak, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Surface Design Journal, 56–57, summer issue

            Kurt Shaw, “Artist Bovey Lee’s new career makes something old into something new,” Pittsburgh
            Tribune-Review, May 15

            Mary Thomas, “Paper-cut artworks offers perspectives on Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
            May 11

            Michael Blaizot, “L’art dans ses petits papiers,”, March 16

            “A cut above,” Savant Digital Magazine, March

            “Studio visit,” Burda Style Magazine, Germany, March

            Kenneth Lee, “Cutting edge,” The Peak Magazine, Hong Kong, 52–53, February

            “Reinventing a fading craft,” Cup Magazine, Hong Kong, 44-45, February

            Wing, “Cutting through a ray of light,” Jet Magazine, 26, January issue

            Hayes, “Cutting a different paper canopy,” Ming Pao Weekly, Hong Kong, 74, January 30

            Yvonne Lai, “US-based artist Bovey Lee takes the traditional Chinese craft of paper-cutting and makes
            it her own,” South China Morning Post Magazine, Hong Kong, 8, January 30          

            Vanessa Yung, “Butterfly bliss,” South China Morning Post, S10, January 20          

2010    “Weekly Art Websites: Drawing with Paper and Scissors, The Independent, UK, Nov 23

            Ian Findlay, “Contemporary Hong Kong art at Grotto Fine Art,” Asian Art News, 98–100, Sept/Oct

            Sierra Shih, “Paper fantasy: Bovey Lee,” DPI Magazine, vol. 135, 86–89, Taipei, Taiwan

            Kristina Olson, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Art Papers, 42­–43

            Mary Thomas, “Hands on,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, C8, September 12

            Mary Thomas, “In the frame: Artists in their own words – Bovey Lee’s skill and patience are
            perfect for paper-cutting art,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, online article and video, March 23

            Patricia Van Horn, “Bovey Lee paper cutouts,” Suburban Living Magazine, Pittsburgh, December

            Alex Lai, “The artists,” InteriorsPlus Magazine, Hong Kong, 2009-2010

2009    “Portfolio: Bovey Lee,” Naif Digital Magazine, Spain, December

            Magazine cover, Barzon Magazine, Argentina, December

             “Knip knip” LINDA Magazine, The Netherlands, Vol. 7, 11, November/December

            Thais Lauton Escanhoela, “Isto é quente,” Casa e Jardim Magazine, Brazil, 24, June

            Cecilia Ly, “Bovey Lee: Trabajo de filigrana,” CASAS Magazine, Lima, Peru, 12–13, May

            Jane Ro, “Clippings from the past,” Hyphen Magazine, California, USA, May

            Grace Bonnet, “Weekly wrap up + Bovey Lee,”, March

            “Bovey Lee: Paper cut out drawings,”, March 1

            Debra Wacks, “Liners’ paradox,” TimeOut Hong Kong, February                        

            “The distinctive style of Hong Kong artists: What is it and who are the artists?” Hong Kong
            Art Review, Art Radar Asia, online, February

2008    Diana Woolf, “Heart of glass still beats,” Crafts Magazine, UK, 14–15, No. 215, Nov/Dec

            Kurt Shaw, “Sales down, but strong at bellwether art fair,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec 13

            Bill O’Driscoll, “Pittsburgh Center for the Arts offers a potent and diverse Pittsburgh Biennial,”
            Pittsburgh City Paper, August 14

            Mary Thomas, “Film and video get expanded presence in PCA/Filmmakers Biennial Exhibit,” Pittsburgh
            Post-Gazette, July 31

            EWN, “Hong Kong,” Art Asia Pacific Almanac, Vol. 3, 174

2007    Bovey Lee, “Bovey Lee talks to herself,” The Original, Vol. 2, 15–18, November

            Jeff Leung, “Preservation and education of the art of paper cutout,” Wen Wei Po, Hong Kong,
            C1, Sept 30

            Hwa Young Caruso, “Asian American Art Associations in New York City,”
            International Journal of Multicultural Education, art review, Vol.9, No.1

            Jamie Quiroz, “Cut out for her art,” iaLink, APA issue, May

            Murtaza Vali, “Bing Lee and Bovey Lee: Mid career artist exhibition,”, March

2013    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Career Grant

2012    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Career Grant

2011    New York City Percent for Art PS 290 Commission Finalist

2010    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Career Grant

2009    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

2008    Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Award

            Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

            Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Career Grant

2007    Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow

            Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Nominee

            Asian American Arts Center, Mid-Career Artist, New York, New York

            Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Career Grant

1994    The San Francisco Foundation, Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship, California

1992    Urban Council Fine Arts Awards, Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennale, Hong Kong


Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie International, Life on Mars, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie International 2013 Apartment Space, COMMVLVS II, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Experimental Media, Beijing, China

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

University of California, Berkeley, California

University of California, Santa Barbara, California

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pennsylvania

Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Austin College, Sherman, Texas

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Asian American Arts Center, New York, New York

Taipei Gallery, New York, New York

Selected Commissions

2014    Mid-Autumn Festival Campaign, APM, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

            The People’s Republic of Ambition, Outlook, B1, The Washington Post

            Cut Out the Darkness, 100 Thousands Solar Lantern Project, Panasonic Global, Japan

2013    Sell High, The New York Times Magazine, New York, New York

            Lady Dior As Seen By, at Pier 4, Hong Kong, Christian Dior, Paris, France

2012    Carry the Sky, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Art@Government Buildings, Hong Kong

            Bloom, Hugo Boss, Asia

2011    Pacific Place, Swire Group, Hong Kong

2010    F.P. Journe, Geneva, Switzerland (Beijing flagship store)

2009    Annabelle Magazine, Switzerland

2008    F.P. Journe, Geneva, Switzerland (Hong Kong flagship store)


2012    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Steering Committee, 2013 American for the Arts Convention

2011    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Selection Panelist, Artist Career Grant

2010    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Storyteller, Annual Meeting

07-00   Society for Contemporary Art, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

07-08   Silk Screen: Asian American Film Festival, Organizing Committee, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2005    Asian American Arts Center, Art Slam, Critic, New York, New York


Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University, United Kingdom

BNY Mellon Corporate Art Collection

Christian Dior, Paris, France

Fidelity Corporate Art Collection

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California

Progressive Corporate Art Collection

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Private collections

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