Power, sacrifice, and survival are the underlying themes that connect Bovey Lee's art. These three motivations drive the tensions in her work, exploring the struggle between nature, rampant urbanization, and the ownership of natural resources.
Lee is a cut paper artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Born in Hong Kong and practicing Chinese calligraphy since the age of ten, she studied painting and drawing in her formative years and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 1993, she came to the United States as a painter and earned her first Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a second MFA in computer graphics and interactive media at Pratt Institute and relocated to Pittsburgh where she made her first cut paper work in 2005.
Her works have been exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland; National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK; Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong; Museum Rijswijk, The Netherlands; among others. Selected awards and honors include The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Nominee, Mid Career Artist, Asian American Arts Center, NY, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, PA, Jack K. & Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation, CA, and the Urban Council Fine Arts Award, Hong Kong.
She is represented by Grotto Fine Art in Hong Kong and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.