"To evoke, to stimulate, to inspire..."
Esther Kong Lo is a New York based artist whose work is a reflection on life and celebration of the human spirit. She blends contemporary elements with classical approach, injecting her works with metaphorical and philosophical underpinnings. Delicate yet powerful, Esther’s exquisite treatments evoke, stimulate and challenge the mind. Using clay as primary medium, she creates multi layers of characterization through gestural dynamics and expressions. Each tactile application pulsates like heartbeat, infusing her subjects with a sensitivity and compassion that gives soul to her art.
Her sculptures were included in major national juried exhibits including Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League, and Hudson Valley Artist Association. She is an elected member of American Artists Professional League and Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
Esther came to the United States from Hong Kong on a college scholarship and worked in art direction after obtaining a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has garnered distinctive honors in watercolor, oil painting and photography, most notably from Manhattan Arts International and Communications Art Magazine; and her works are in private and corporate collections. From 2001-2003, she was awarded consecutively for Arts Alive Westchester's Project Tier Grant, Individual Artist Tier Grant, and nomination for Westchester Individual Artist Award.
In late 2013, Esther took up sculpting at the National Academy and continued at the Art Students League where she had mentorship with renowned masters Gary Sussman, Tony Antonios, and Rhoda Sherbell. She is recognized for her ability to capture the essence of her subjects at lightning speed.
Winner of 2016 ArtsWestchester Arts Alive Individual Artist Grant
Funded by NYSCA, the project "Faces and Identifies" featured a series of portrait busts on ethnic individuals residing in the community illuminated with geographic and historic references.
"...memorably crystalline...pregnant with longing..." The Journal News
"..thought-provoking..." Scarsdale Inquirer
"...a very talented and visionary artist..." Hammond Museum, North Salem
"...sly, beautiful, evocative and nuanced, truly arresting..." Fleetwood Stage, New Rochelle
:,.rife with overt sentimentality..." Dr. Rosemary Erpt, art historian and curator
Hammond Museum/North Salem, Gallery FS/New Rochelle, Greenburgh Library/Elmsford, Bronxville Public Library.
Selected National Juried and Invitational Exhibits
NYC: Salmagundi Club, National Arts Club; Art Students League, National Academy,Westbath Gallery
NY Westchester:; Upstream Gallery/Yonkers, Mamaroneck Artist Guild, The Arts Exchange/White Plains
CT: Lyme Artist Association Gallery, Old Lyme, Carriage Barn Art Center/New Canaan; Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford,