Stella Lai grew up in Cheung Chau a small, car-less island southwest of Hong Kong Island . After moving to the United States at 17 years old, Lai received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Lai's work has gained critical acclaim and has been reviewed in distinguished publications such as Art in America, Flash Art International and Artforum.com. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, USA; San Francisco, USA; Miami, USA; New York, USA; Manchester, UK; Shanghai, China, and Beijing, China. Lai has been invited to participate in both the Breathe Residency, Manchester, UK and Artist in Residency, thirtyninehotel, Hawaii, USA. Stella Lai currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
2010 1918 ArtSPACE, Shanghai, China
2008 Fat Children Ruined My Life, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA, USA
2006 I Love My Foreigner Friends, Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA, USA
2005 Let’s Stop Pretending, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA
2005 I See Your Problem, But I Don’t See You, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2003 Don’t Touch Me, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2009 Giant Robot Biennale, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2009 The Pop of Colors (Curated by Yasmine Mohseni), POVevolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2009 Beautiful/Decay A to Z, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2007 Selections: California College of the Arts Alumni, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2007 Girls Want to Have Fun!,1918 ArtSPACE, Shanghai, China
2006 The California Calligraphy Summit, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA
2006 When the East is in the House, w/ Iona Rozeal Brown, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2005 Terra Non Firma, Howard House, Seattle, WA, USA
2004 Gypsies Curse, curated by Jose-Carlos Diaz, Miami, FL, USA
2004 Change of Address, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2004 Bling BlAsian Bling w/ Iona Rozeal Brown, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA, USA
2004 Double Happiness, Cassius King Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA
2002 No War, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2002 Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, USA
2009 “Interview”, Allison Gibson, Daily Serving (dailyserving.com), March 2009
2009 “Stella Good”, Martin Wong, Giant Robot (featured artist), Issue 58
2008 “Best of Beijing”, Cecilia Freschini, Flash Art, International Edition, Vol.XLI, No. 263, Nov.-Dec. 2009
2007 “Jason Jagel and Stella Lai at Nathan Larramendy Gallery”, Josef Woodard, Artweek
2006 “Stella Lai and Iona Rozeal Brown at Saltworks”, Rebecca Dimling Cochran, Art in America, Nov.06, p. 216
2006 “Luggage Store”, Lucy Martin, ANP Quarterly, RVCA, 2006.
2006 “The City of Los Angeles: A Short Survey on the Los Angeles Art Scene,” Clayton Campbell,
Flash Art, Jan.-Feb. 2006, p. 77.
2005 “Sex Sells,”Tim Birch, CityLife, Sept. 2005, Issue 604/22-28, page 70.
2004 “Iona Rozeal Brown & Stella Lai at the Luggage Store,” Marisa Olson, Flash Art,
July-Sept. 2004, pg. 52.
2004 “Culture/Black Magic Women”, Ommar Sommereyns, Street Weekly, July 9, 2004.
2004 “Stella Lai at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery”, Melissa Feldman, Art in America, May 2004, pg. 171.
2003 “Stella Lai at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery”, Lindsey Westbrook, Artweek, November 2003, Volume 34, Issue #9.
2003 Critic’s Pick: San Francisco, Glen Helfand, Artforum.com, Sept. - Oct. 2003
2002 “Message Behind the Mask”, San Francisco, SF Examiner, Anne Crump, Sept. 12, 2002
2002 “Web Layout Part 2.” Web Creators, May.
2010 Artist in Residency, Thirty Nine Hotel, Honolulu, HI, USA
2005 Breathe Residency, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
ASU Art Museum Collection