Renee Lai makes drawings, paintings, and sometimes videos. She is based in Austin, TX. 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.
Lai is also the co-founder of The Art Local, an online art school taught by professional artists and professors for the serious art lover.