The most startling aspect of Angela China’s meteoric rise in the New York City art scene is that this self-taught, realist painter did not begin painting seriously until moving to Manhattan in 2010. As a child growing up in Baltimore, Ms. China’s artistic skills were apparent. But for a myriad of reasons, she stopped painting upon entering high school. Now in her Manhattan studio, Ms. China (pronounced Key-nah) has re-found her calling as an artist.
Having had the opportunity to work alongside several well-known, New York artists, has added to Ms. China’s growth and reputation. In the spring of 2013, she was invited to present her work with some of these artists, at a group show in SoHo called “Somewhere Only We Know.” A few months later, she was fortunate enough to find a mentor in Alison Van Pelt, who has provided Ms. China with guidance and inspiration. In September 2013, her art was featured as part of the prestigious New York’s Fashion Week. Moreover, Ms. China has quickly established an eclectic group of collectors and as a result, she is able to paint full time.