Hey, I'm Lavennz Ooi.
I'm a Malaysian artist, born and raised in Penang, currently live and work in South Portland, Maine.
I have been fascinated with drawing from an early age, probably inspired by picture books and cartoons. Nonetheless, I never realized my passion for art until I was halfway through my engineering degree. Since then, I begun self-study painting from various resources, taking workshop at Conservatory of Fine Arts then a year of online study under renowned artist, Sadie Valeri.
Inspired by heartfelt experience and quirky fantasy, I'm capturing the common yet complicated life stories through dreamy intriguing visual narration. My works often center on figure with uncertain expression and surrounded by disparate symbolic elements, because I believe what's hidden behind the concealed face are the most profound life stories. I see these works as a soul mirror that'll uncover the viewers' neglected voices and inspire them to see life in a different perspective.
My works have appeared in various group shows, in Greater Portland, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Other than art, I live for coffee, early morning, grey sky, snows and rains.