Meet Artist Rich Lo
Born in Canton, China, Rich Lo's passion for drawing and painting flourished alongside his six siblings during his upbringing. At the tender age of seven, he embarked on a journey of emigration with his family, transitioning from Hong Kong to the United States, ultimately establishing roots in Chicago’s Chinatown.
As an accomplished illustrator, Rich Lo's artistic accomplishments includes artwork for packaging designs, advertisements for prominent national brands, and in public spaces. Beyond this commercial realm, his artistry extends into fine art, where he has meticulously crafted a diverse portfolio of captivating paintings and intricate drawings.
The year 2022 witnessed Rich's artistic ambition manifest in the form of a mural named "Chinese Opera," adorning the western façade of the Chinese American Museum. Within this mural are iconic opera luminaries, captured in their essence in a vivid display of color and emotion.
Beyond his visual expressions, Rich Lo employs his literary talents, penning books that serve as conduits for the promotion of Chinese culture and traditions. Through various platforms, he champions the rich tapestry of his heritage, leaving an mark that transcends artistic boundaries.
His first picture book Father’s Chinese Opera, is about his relationship with his opera composer father, was published by Sky Pony Press in 2014, and named an ALA Asian Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book. Rich is also the author-illustrator of New Year, published by Sky Pony Press (2016), the illustrator of Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service, published by Charlesbridge (2016), which won the Carter G. Woodson Book Award, and the author-illustrator of the board book Dim Sum—A Chinese Counting Book of Food (Duopress). His latest books are After the Snowfall (2021) and After the Moonrise (2022), animal adventure books with stunning visuals, published by the Muddy Boots imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.