Artist Statement

The solidity of a mountain peak jutting out of fog, the waves breaking in a green blue ocean – I’m inspired by nature’s uncompromising force. Like the mariner shooting the albatross we are destroying what saves us. The mountains have been my redemption. When the pieces of my life cracked and fell apart like a jackhammer on porcelain, I found solace in climbing mountains and volcanoes, swimming in the Amazon and the Pacific, and painting those moments of peace, wonder, and beauty. I let the physicality of medium – the bleeding pigment of the water color run and create clouds, light, space, and waves. Or how the thick painterly quality of the oils work to create solid mountains, expressive light-touched clouds, and delicate curving branches. The medium and my physical experience with place guide the process. There is so much in life we try to control and predict. Nature at least is honest; there is no facade of day after day of unchanging normalcy. I try to capture a moment within the paint, a feeling of place and color and light: light through a watery whisper of clouds, the arc of a tree, the strength of a purple white snow capped volcano.

Artist Bio

Kristina Lim is known for her vibrant landscapes captured with the bleeding translucency of watercolors and the thick intensity of water miscible oils. “The solidity of a mountain peak jutting out of fog, the waves breaking in a green blue ocean – I’m inspired by nature’s uncompromising force.” A Berkeley native and Berkeley-based artist, environmentalist, and actvist, Kristina has a studio with the Firehouse Art Collective on Gilman Street. She has had solo shows at Philz Coffee and the Mudrakers Café in Berkeley, and exhibited at the Gallery Route One, O’Hanlon Art Center in Mill Valley, SOMArts in San Francisco, and at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley among others. Kristina graduated from Vassar College in 2004 with a degree in Studio Art.


Kristina Kai-ming Lim Curriculum Vitae Education Vassar College, B.A. in Studio Art 2004 Exhibitions 2016                 Solo Show, Philz Coffee, Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 2015                 Ongoing Group Show, City of Berkeley Civic Center, Berkeley, CA 2015                 Group Show, Collect, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA 2015                 Group Show, Gallery Route One January Juried Show, Point Reyes, CA  2014                 Group Show, 510 All Stars, Nielsen Arts, Albany, CA 2014                 Group Show, Under the Spell of Mt. Tamalpais, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley 2013                 Group Show, Precita Eyes Muralists, San Francisco, CA 2013                 Group Show, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 2012                 Two-women Show, Emeryville Public Market, Emeryville, CA 2012                 Group Show, Nostalgia, Firehouse Art Collective Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2011                 Group Show, Art for Freedom, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 2010                 Group Show, 200, Brooklyn, NY 2008                 Solo Show, Nakba, Mudrakers Café, Berkeley, CA 2008                 In Search of Roots, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 2004                 Three-women Show, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA Curatorial Projects 2008                 In Search of Roots, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA Projects 2010                 Illustrator, Generasian, New York, NY 2009-14            Featured Artist, Bok Choy Apparel, CA Commissions 2011                 Fountain, Friends of Roots, San Francisco, CA 2007-09            Vote and The Voter, League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, CA Teaching 2009-11            Educator, Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY 2008                 Guest Lecturer, Art Speaks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA 2008                 Panelist with Hou Honru, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Volunteer 2013-16 Board Member, Precita Eyes Muralists, San Francisco, CA  


  • Visual Arts
  • Berkeley, CA
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Hapa/Multiracial
  • Drawing
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Watercolor