Renee Lai is a painter who lives in Austin, TX. She graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College with honors in Studio Art. Lai's work explores the idea of barriers and how they serve as a metaphor for many other things-- private property, ownership, belonging, security, fear. Painted in a thin, translucent way, Lai’s barriers are minimally and elegantly constructed, letting the surface and a few marks carry much of the painting’s energy.