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Oct 17, 2019

A Portrait Exhibition at the Museum of Belize

The Museum of Belize is launching a portrait exhibition called “The River of Art Flows Everywhere.” Taiwanese artist Yaoling Lee, who has been living in Belize for over two decades, is showcasing more than twenty paintings featuring water colours, oil and charcoal art. Lee, who has lived in Belize for more than twenty years, has exhibited her work in Taiwan, Mexico, Belize and in Europe. The exhibition opens on Friday night and runs for a month at the Museum of Belize beginning Monday and ending on Saturday. The project is being funded through NICH’s Cultural Development Fund. The media got an early look at the exhibition today. Here’s more from the artist Yaoling Lee.


Yaoling Lee

Yaoling Lee, Artist

“You can see the background here; we have charcoal portraits and also portraits in oil and canvas. Also, we have the figures – I have motion sketch in charcoal as well and I have anatomy study in charcoal and also in oil and canvas. Also, I have some new study in oil and canvas and also in water colors.”


Andrea Polanco

“What inspired these pieces?”


Yaoling Lee

“Oh – What inspires me- I have been doing these things for a long time; twenty, thirty, forty years, yeah. And it is an accumulation of work. I work constantly but I change subjects sometimes; like I might spend six months on portraits. I want people to understand the importance of working for life. It is very important to understand that. Sometimes we need to do it to explain so that people can explain. So, that is a reason why I am doing workshops when I work with the Museum, so that students and people can participate and understand how to do it.”


To complement the exhibition, Lee will be hosting four workshops starting next Saturday. Workshops will also be offered to high schools and primary schools within Belize City, on October twenty-fifth and November first, at the Museum of Belize.

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