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children cityscapes family food & drink people portrait relationships

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Fiona & Jane / The New York Times Book Review

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China's Youth Are Turning to Mao / The New York Times

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Classified Info / New York Times Kids

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True/False Film Festival

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No Work and All Play / Personal Work

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Desire for Freedom / Personal work

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Information Dark Age / New York Times

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Wrong Choices / New York Times

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Model Citizen Guidelines 9 Escalator

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Rising Medicare Costs / The New York Times

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Model Citizen Guidelines 6 Cubicles

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My Therapist Says To Try an Elimination Diet for the Soul / Medium

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Chinese Chained Women / New York Times

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The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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Emperor and the Assasin / Junior Scholastics

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Cityscape 5

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Zero Covid / New York Times

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Banquet / The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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China Embraces Russian Propaganda / New York Times

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Joan Is Okay / The New York Times Book Review

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The Shanghairen

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Kingdom of Characters / The New Yorker

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Model Citizen Guidelines 14 Water Mill

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My Therapist Says to Write Notes to My Future Self / Medium

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Sheep / Model Citizen Guidelines

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Model Citizen Guidelines 1 Team Player

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Hard Like Water / The New York Times

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Very Effective Eye Exercises

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Strange Beasts of China / The New York Times

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Amazing Kid Award Certificate

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Dissolving / Insomnia Book

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Lightbulb / Insomnia Book

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Siheyuan / The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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Barbie / Model Citizen Guidelines

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The Second Life of Yi Lei's Poetry / The New Yorker

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Window / Insomnia Book

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Communist China / The World Today

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Is It Safe to Come Out Now / New York Times

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How a Hong Kong Protester Became One of the Territory's Youngest Exiles / NBC News

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Burning Boy / Model Citizen Guidelines

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Red Blue Calendar 2020

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2021 Calendar

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China Bridge

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Model Citizen Guidelines 8 Rainy Day

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My Therapist Says I'm Apologising Wrong / Medium

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Medium 6 Months in lede

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Baihuayou / Everyday Chinatown

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Model Citizen Guidelines 13 Magritte

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Cityscape 4

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Penzi / Everyday Chinatown

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Model Citizen Guidelines 5 Crying

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Outlook

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Model Citizen Guidelines 4 Library

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Diving / Insomnia Book

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Cityscape 3

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Medium Vector Diaries Part 1 Iedeillo

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Cityscape I

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Medium Covid Audit Part 3 ledeillo

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Cityscape II

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Rabbit / Insomnia Book

Biography

Xinmei Liu was born in Shanghai, China and now lives in New York, where she works as a freelance illustrator. Xinmei has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Illustration in 2020.

In her artistic practice, Xinmei combines digital and analogue methods to create unique textures while bringing linework and bright colors together to create moods. She produces highly conceptual imagery that also has rich narrative details. Her personal work is mostly inspired by her cultural background, social issues, childhood experience and history. Vintage ads and packaging, Asian calendar posters and propaganda posters are among the influences that shaped her style.

Xinmei has worked with various clients on a range of projects in the editorial and publishing fields. Her previous clients include: The New York Times, Medium, Amazon Publishing, Scholastic, Society6, Shanghai Museum amongst others.

Her dream jobs would be for brands and publications that are related to travel, food or lifestyle, theater and concert posters, and projects that have a rich cultural context. To some degree, illustrating is a channel through which she learns about the world.

Xinmei’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration (selected), 3x3 International Illustration Shows (Gold), Illustration West, Communication Arts Illustration Annual and other renowned professional annuals. She and her work has been featured on Creative Review, Creative Boom, PLAIN Magazine, Girls Club Asia and other press.

In addition to illustrating, Xinmei also works as a part-time comic book editor and designer for Paradise Systems, an independent publisher in Brooklyn.
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