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  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.

Solo Exhibitions

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 (, 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,, 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