LAUREN HANA CHAI

LAUREN HANA CHAI

Lauren Hana Chai was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii being the first of her family to be born in the United States. Raised by her grandparents who are from South Korea, she grew up with dual cultures: a very traditional Korean lifestyle at home, while at the same time being immersed in the western world outside. In 2010, Lauren moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art University and graduated in 2015 with her BFA in painting.

Lauren started off painting about her mom who went missing when she was younger. This led to painting about her and her 6 last known locations which helped her process the loss and heal in her college years. She continues to explore inwards with her Korean American identity, culture and history, based on her upbringing in a traditional household.

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