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No Work and All Play / Personal Work

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The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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Cityscape 5

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Amazing Kid Award Certificate

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Strange Beasts of China / The New York Times

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

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Hard Like Water / The New York Times

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Communist China / The World Today

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

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Outlook

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My Therapist Says I'm Apologising Wrong / Medium

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

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

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Cityscape 3

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Very Effective Eye Exercises

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True/False Film Festival

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Classified Info / New York Times Kids

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Zero Covid / New York Times

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Wrong Choices / New York Times

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Information Dark Age / New York Times

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Desire for Freedom / Personal work

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Chinese Chained Women / New York Times

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China Embraces Russian Propaganda / New York Times

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Rising Medicare Costs / The New York Times

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Kingdom of Characters / The New Yorker

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Fiona & Jane / The New York Times Book Review

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Joan Is Okay / The New York Times Book Review

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Siheyuan / The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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Banquet / The Wedding Party / Amazon Publishing

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Cityscape 4

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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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Sheep / Model Citizen Guidelines

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Model Citizen Guidelines 14 Water Mill

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Model Citizen Guidelines 13 Magritte

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Is It Safe to Come Out Now / New York Times

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Medium Vector Diaries Part 1 Iedeillo

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Medium 6 Months in lede

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Medium Covid Audit Part 3 ledeillo

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Cityscape I

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Cityscape II

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Barbie / Model Citizen Guidelines

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2021 Calendar

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The Shanghairen

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Model Citizen Guidelines 9 Escalator

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Model Citizen Guidelines 8 Rainy Day

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China Bridge

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Penzi / Everyday Chinatown

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Baihuayou / Everyday Chinatown

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Emperor and the Assasin / Junior Scholastics

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Lightbulb / Insomnia Book

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Diving / Insomnia Book

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Dissolving / Insomnia Book

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Window / Insomnia Book

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Rabbit / Insomnia Book

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Model Citizen Guidelines 1 Team Player

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Model Citizen Guidelines 4 Library

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Model Citizen Guidelines 5 Crying

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Model Citizen Guidelines 6 Cubicles

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Red Blue Calendar 2020

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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