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Shang-Yii Hua(1967-)

Shang-Yi Hua was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States as a college student.  Shang-Yi considers her work to be a sacred part of her own spiritual practice, and she often utilizes contrasts (between eastern and western culture, between natural and manufactured components, and between form and void) to express this personal journey. Sculpture is her way of articulating deeply-held truths to the world.


Shang-Yi Hua studied in Glassell’s renowned BLOCK program and has exhibited widely throughout Houston and beyond. She was represented by the Cindy Lisica Gallery, where her work gained pride of place in the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in both 2016 and 2018. Her work has been exhibited and collected widely, and in 2020 she received Honorable Mention in Artspace 111’s annual Texas-wide juried exhibition.  She has recently become a certified Kintsugi instructor.  Shang-Yi’s public art is currently exhibited in Houston from 2022 to 2023.

Solo Exhibition

2018 Matters of the Heart, Cindy Lisica Gallery, Houston, Texas
2020 Awakening, Glade Gallery, Woodlands, Texas
2022 Pursuit of Oneness , Redbud Arts Center, Houston, Texas

Group Exhibitions

2023 Yokohama-Houston Exchange show in Houston 2023, Redbud Art Center 
2022 CRAFTTEXAS, Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, Houston,Texas Juried by Andres Payan Estrada,
2022 Texas Sculpture Group, Art Museum TX, Sugar Land, Texas
2021 The State of Sculpture, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
2021 The Big Show 2021, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
2021 On The Bayou, Texas Sculpture Group Exhibition, Redbud Arts Center, Houston, Texas
2020 Texas Juried Exhibition, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas Juror: Kristen Gaylord
2020 Metal Complexions, Presented by Houston Metal Arts Guild The Jung Center, Houston, Texas, Juror: Anna Walker
2019 Celestial Space, Kinder Morgan Exhibition Series, Houston, Texas 
2019 The 3rd Annual National Flower Show of Splendora, Splendora Garden, Texas
2019 International Exchange Show US-Japan 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2018 Making Moves, Revision Space and Cindy Lisica Gallery, Pittsburgh 
2018 BLOCK  XVIII, Levantine Foundation Gallery, MFAH, Glassell School of Art Houston, Texas
2018 Time Gallery, Artrue Gallery, Taipei 101, Taiwan
2018 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas,  Juror: Anna Katz
2017 Known and Underknown, ArtsBrookfield, Two Allen Center, Houston, Texas
2017 THE BLOCK , Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
2017 BLOCK XVI Spring Show, Interspace Gallery, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
2017    Natural Flexibility, Cindy Lisica Gallery, Houston, Texas
2017 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas, Juror: Jose Esparza Chong Cut
2016 Certificate exhibition, Interspace Gallery, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
2015 Kinder Morgan, Houston, Texas



2020 Honorable mention, 2020 Texas Juried Exhibition, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas. Juror: Kristen Gaylord

Art Fairs

2016 TX Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Tally Beck Contemporary, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
2017 Art City Austin, represented by Cindy Lisica Gallery, Palmer Event Center, Austin
2018 TX Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Cindy Lisica Gallery George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas


2017 CultureMap Houston, ‘Cindy Lisica Gallery presents “Natural Flexibility” opening reception’,
2017 Art Of Survival, March, Citybook Houston by Becker, Chris
2018 A Curated View of Art City Austin HiConcept Magazine by Colleen Blackard
2018 CultureMap Houston
2018 VoyageHouston, May 2
2018 An ‘Abundant’ view April 27, Houston Chronicle, Art Daybook by Molly Glentzer


Commission Work

2015 思清 sculpture Private Collection, Austin, TX


Tree, Steel
80″H, 120″W, 50″D

In Overcome a branch, organic and twisted, meets an angular metallic construction that mirrors its form. The two opposite branches hover horizontally, as if floating – suspended above the floor. This work and its conjunction of disparate forms is inspired by Christ sacrifice, and his desire to overcome differences between those that are seemingly opposite.

Drift wood, saw blade
15″ H, 17.5″ W, 2″ D

One of a four part series, Let It Pass, combines two conflicting materials – saw blades and wood. A metaphor for forgiveness, the blade scars the tree, cutting pieces from its trunk and separating it from its whole. Here however, perpetrator and victim are joined, turning conflict into harmony. With this piece, the artist hopes to emphasize that forgiveness, though often grueling – is a choice.

Steel bar, seed pod
77″H, 55″W, 22″D

Precede’s dynamic, dancing form replicates the ancient Chinese character for cloud. The sculpture was inspired by Exodus 13:21, a bible story where God leads the Israelites out of Egypt guiding them with a cloud column. With this work, the artist explores themes of protection and guidance. The body of the sculpture, comprised of overlapping seed pods, similarly echoes this message. The pods are incredibly tough and hard to break through – they shield the vulnerable seed inside ensuring the survival and success of the next generation.

Tree bark
4”H, 12”W, 5”D

This work is meant to signify the fleeting nature of all earthly things. As tightly as we may hold on to wealth, power, or stability, these things are never permanent. “There is nothing new under the sun,” is a verse from Ecclesiastes which has made its way into everyday speech, but here it refers to the cyclical and impermanent nature of life on earth.

Lover- Interaction
Rice Paper, Board
24.5”H, 53”W, 8”D

This dimensional paper work utilizes the Chinese character for the word “Love.” The character is reflected in a mirror image, signifying the infinite doubling of goodness that is possible through loving actions. Because I view love as a verb, and not merely a word or abstraction, the paper is given dimensionality. It dynamically rises from the surface.

Half life
3.5”H, 13.5”W, 6”D

The mood of this piece is one of mourning-for lives lost and endangered by disease, and also for lives imperiled by the downstream effects of so many single-use items entering our shared environment. The materials saving the lives of healthcare workers during this pandemic also contribute to global pollution, a massive problem we have yet to address sufficiently. The title of the work refers both to the feeling of living in our current liminal state, and also to the chemical half-life of plastic waste.

Plexiglass, Found object
7”H, 26”W, 27”D

Constructed from a found object (bronze compass) and clear resin, this sculpture represents a moment of breakthrough. Since my artwork is part of my spiritual practice, this piece represents the way that guidance from God allows me to overcome barriers in both the spiritual and creative realms.

Steel, pine cone, wire
38”H, 10”W, 12”D

Each pinecone took about forty minutes to carefully deconstruct, and as I stripped these seed pods I thought of the continuity of life that they represent. Made of delicate, individual seeds, the pinecones are part of a larger life cycle that can result in a beautiful tree that lives for decades. They are just as likely to be crushed or discarded, but the enduring truth of the species lives on. These small sculptures speak to the enormous potential and the fragility of human life, and the acts of faith and love that connect us to one another.

The Wind
59”H, 14”W, 35”D

The Winds dynamism is intended to evoke feelings of weightlessness and ascension Echoing the shape of a dove from some angles, this sculpture speaks to the ever-presence of the Holy Spirit and the freedom he brings.

Source of life, Source of love
PVC pipe, Steel
83”H, 41”W, 24”D

In Source of Life, Source of Love, PVC pipe is stacked into the shape of a teardrop. The use of the hollow PVC juxtaposes volume and negative space – making the sculpture appear to be incredibly heavy, or almost weightless and transparent depending on where the viewer stands. The sculpture acts as a symbol for the artist’s faith – embodying the Bible verse John 11:35 where Jesus wept out of empathy for his friends. Here, the artist calls attention to the necessity of compassion for life. Just as water is a life giving source, so is empathy and care.